Thursday Butt Bustin’ Time!

Good morning y’all!!  We are set to have another great day here in ND…No, I’m not being sarcastic..yet (it may snow next week).  But, for now, we are still loving our warm temps and clear blue skies.

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I had some free time this morning, so I thought I would share a treadmill workout I put together for a friend.  AKA, I’m totally avoiding folding two loads of laundry, and giving Hank and Tilly a bath.  These are not my favorite chores to do, so I’m stalling.  Just like any full grown woman would do.  Tilly heard me say the “bath” word and went into hiding under my desk.  Therefore, I decided to take my cue from her, sit down with her at my desk, and type up a post.

This totally butt bustin’ 30 minute walking workout takes you on quite a few hills.  And, boy will these hills make your butt feel awesome!  The best part is how this workout will fly by.  You will be so busy changing your hills, that you won’t feel like you have been on the dreadmill…I mean treadmill for forever.

Happy Butt Bustin’!!


30 min Butt Bustin Hills

Quick Lady Update

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I wanted to thank everyone for their emails, comments, prayers, and positive thoughts for Lady and her surgery.  It really meant so much to us!  Lady is currently doing well, and recovering from her surgery.  Each day she is getting more of her “pep” back, because each day Lady is getting back to being bossier and bossier.

 

Lady’s Surgery

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My sweet furbutt Lady is going in for surgery tomorrow.  She is having a massive tumor removed from her back leg.

We noticed a small growth on her back leg a few weeks ago.  She is our senior girl at 8 years young, and has started to grow a few lumps and bumps with her advancing years.  The vets told us not to worry about them unless they continue to grow at a rapid rate.  Well, her new growth continued to grow at a very very rapid rate.  In less than a week it was the size of a ping pong ball, so I immediately got her a vet appointment.  Just in the amount of time I called the vet and her actual appointment the growth grew a little bit bigger than a golf ball.

At the vets they decided to have the tumor removed as soon as possible, and will biopsy it after the removal.

Lady’s tumor has continued to grow, and ruptured last night, so of course I’m beyond nervous and ready for the removal and the results. The vet said not to worry about the tumor rupturing since her surgery is tomorrow.  I would share a picture of her tumor, but it is something out of a horror movie, and I don’t want to make anyone sick.

Lady at Gym

Right now I’m keeping Lady with me at all times, so I can keep an eye on her and her tumor.  So, she is the mascot at the gym today!  I’ve got her doggie bed and water bowl all set up.  I’m pretty sure Lady thinks that the people using the treadmills have lost their minds, since she can’t keep her eyes off of them.  You can just see her thinking, “Why run and not go anywhere?”, or I’m totally wrong and she is wanting to try the treadmill out herself.

Please keep my girl in your thoughts tomorrow when Lady goes in for her surgery.  We are quite nervous and praying the biopsy comes back with no cancer.  This girl has been the leader of our home for so many years, and we want her in charge for more to come.

Open Your Heart

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February is the month of love!  I’m sure we have Hallmark to thank for that, but I’m all for sharing the love no mater where it originated from.

This month I’m participating in two yoga challenges on Instagram. I’m doing the #LetsGetFlexyin2015 sponsored by AloYoga and the #Open4Love challenge!  What better way to show love than to love your own body to begin with!  I highly encourage you to love your body with some yoga poses each day this month. If you aren’t one for doing a challenge for an extended period, there are a few that are for only half the month. Check these wonderful challenges and me out on Instagram @Andrea_fromfltond!

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Just Amazing!

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I’ve begun my 200 RYT Aerial Yoga certification!!  My trip down to CircuSoul in Florida for the beginning of my training was amazing!

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I was in heaven from the time my flight took off!  I had to share this picture with you of the two empty seats next to me on the flight down to Orlando.  That’s right!!  I had the whole row to myself!!  Woo Hoo!!  Never has this happened to me before.  Our flight didn’t have very many passengers, so many of us were spread out and really enjoying our flight!  I even got to finally watch Maleficent during the flight down.  Totally loved that movie too!

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Once I arrived I headed over to my favorite mall in Orlando, Mall at Millennia, and did some shopping!  Ya know…a few more workout pants and tops.  A fitness instructor is always in need of these…At least that’s what I tell my husband.  The credit card company just calls him and tells him I’m at it again.

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I was up early Saturday morning and ready to begin my Level1 aerial yoga at CircuSoul.  Not to mention I was excited to finally meet Kerry Tice in person.  We have talked on the phone quite a bit over the years, but never talked in person.  In person Kerry is an amazing instructor/teacher/trainer, and is beyond dedicated to aerial yoga as a practice.

The beginning of our training (Level 1) focuses on teaching you a lot about aerial yoga with emphasis on safety and postures.

Level 1 Training includes:

  • Flying Yoga A series
  • Fundamentals of Aerial Yoga
  • Safety
  • Rigging
  • Inversions
  • Spotting
  • Sequencing I
  • Flying Yoga C Series
  • Fundamentals of Flying Yin Yoga
  • Yin
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Tricks & Flips

This YouTube video is a quick snip of Flying Yoga A.

Both days we began our day with an amazing aerial yoga class that both stretched and strengthened my body.

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Our beginning warm up flow had us flowing between cat and cow with one leg extended in the hammock.

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We did several flows using the hammock.  My favorite being a basic Warrior flow moving you from Warrior II, to Reverse Warrior, back to Warrior II, and then into extended side angle.  This is all done with one leg resting in the hammock.  It felt amazing!  I’m the one on the yellow yoga mat, using the green hammock, and wearing the blue tank top.

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Then, it was on to working on inversions!  Sorry there are not more inversion pictures from the training.  We were just so busy the whole time.

IMG954793The best part is when you get to “cocoon” in your hammock at the beginning and end of class in Shavasana.  Sadly I’m always one of “those people” who always get up right at the end of a yoga class and barely spend any time in Shavasana.  Well, with aerial yoga that has changed a ton.  Even in my hammock at home I have a hard time willing myself to come out of Shavasana.  You feel so safe and relaxed in your hammock.

After our morning classes on each day we began to break down the poses we learned and are learning in Flying Yoga A.  Then, we would break for lunch.  After lunch we came back and went over the anatomy and how it applies to aerial yoga with Dr. Britt.  For our first two days of training we went over the structure and make of our bones, the pelvis, psoas, and shoulders.  Dr. Britt was and amazing anatomy teacher, and has us all engaged in the muscle and bone structure.  I’m looking forward to learning from in her in our future trainings!

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Here we are discovering our iliopsoas and its length by monitoring our ischial tuberosities for movement as the leg extends! It was such an exciting and informative weekend!

After our anatomy lesson it was on to practice teaching with others in our class.  I’m one of those dorky people who love the practice teaching parts of our certifications.  Since I’m a perfectionist when it comes to instruction, I want to make sure I’m cueing correctly and correctly fixing any form issues that may arise during class.

All in all it was an amazing beginning of our training.  I’m looking forward to our next weekend of training in February!

New Year New Beginnings

Happy New Year Everyone!

I hope your new year is starting out with smiles and fun!  My new year has started out with some fun new beginnings!  I’m now teaching spinning at SOS Image in Minot!  What happened at the YMCA got around Minot in less than an hour after it happened.  I had several job offers from other gyms before the day was out.  All of them were amazing offers, and I was beyond flattered to know I was a valued instructor.

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Sara, owner, at SOS Image called me and asked if I would like to come to her gym and start a spinning program.  It was like one door closed for me and a whole entire garage door opened!  I couldn’t be more thankful.  Within the week Sara had ordered 11 bikes, and I was back to teaching spin in December!  I have 6 classes each week with 1 Saturday class each month.  We will be adding more spin classes on as we add on more instructors.  For now, check out our monthly schedule here.

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We are riding on the Spinner Pro+ bikes.  We are also using the Star Trac group cycle computers.

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I’m loving my new adventure at SOS Image!  Some of my amazing friends came over to take my classes at SOS and I have a new set of regulars that are already hooked on spinning and the awesome workout you get!

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Now for a new spin ride for y’all!

I’m heading to Florida for the weekend to work on more aerial yoga training at CircuSoul!  I already have one certification in aerial yoga, but I want a full 200 RYT Yoga Alliance approved aerial yoga certificate.  Kerry at Circusoul has put an amazing 200 hour aerial program together.  I got to know Kerry over 2 years ago when I first really got into aerial yoga, and I finally have the excuse/chance to train with him!

A Grandfather’s Legacy

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Everyday I’m beyond thankful for my grandpa McEwan, and the wisdom he passed down to me during my youth. He was an amazing man who lived through the Depression and served in World War II.

My grandpa McEwan was never one to lecture, scold, or posture about anything. He always had a smile on his face and that glowing smile made you smile too. The first major life lesson he taught me is the one that has stuck out and stayed with me my whole life, and here is that story…

I was 4 years old and spending part of my summer with my grandma and grandpa McEwan in upstate New York. Everyday my grandpa and I would go for a walk to the post office and library. If I was lucky we would take a little detour into the local pharmacy and get some candy. Lucky for me my grandpa had a huge sweet tooth, so these detours would happen more often than not. However, grandma couldn’t know about them, or we would get lectured about ruining our appetite, and something about me getting hyper from all the sugar.

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One day we took a detour to the pharmacy to get candy. This time my grandpa handed me one of the bulk bags to fill with candy, rather than just picking out a few pieces. Oh man! I was in heaven when he told me to fill that bag up with my favorite candies. I’m sure my eyes had to be as big as saucers, and my heart rate went up in anticipation of all that sugar that was about to send me into the biggest sugar high of my life. I went to town filling that huge bag up with all the best candy and chocolates in the store all while contemplating how to hide the candy from grandma when we got back to the house.

After our purchase we walked, I skipped, back to my grandparents’ home. Instead of going inside, my grandpa led me to the car and told me we were going to go for a quick ride before we went into the house for lunch. He told me to bring the mammoth bag of candy with me, so I was beyond content. While we went on our quick drive, my grandpa told me a story about his time in World War II.

My grandpa was stationed in China, I don’t know what part. However, I do know it was a mountainous area, because he talked about how pretty the mountains were. He began by telling me he was stationed near an orphanage, and would always take trips to the orphanage with his translator in order to bring whatever food and little toys he could for the children. Then, he began telling me about his first Christmas spent in China, and it became a story that I would have him tell me over and over again for the rest of his life. I’ll tell it to you like he told it to me.

“Things were really hard for everyone in China during the war. There was no food, China was going through many problems of its own, and the war did not help. Sadly, many children were sent to orphanages, because their parents could no longer afford to feed them. They wore the same clothes each day, didn’t have toys like you do, and scarcely had enough to eat. For Christmas I wanted to do something extra special for them to make them smile and be happy. I sent letters home to your grandma, friends, and family. I asked them to mail me any clothing, toys, or items a child might need or like. And boy did everyone send as much as they could! So, now all I had to do was deliver these gifts to the children. Steve (my grandpa’s translator) and I decided that I should play Santa for the children on Christmas. So, Steve went out and found me a reindeer, which was a donkey, and a sled, which was a very battered cart. When I arrived and handed out the gifts, food, and clothes the children were so excited, and their smiles lasted for days to come.”

After my grandpa told me this story I had a ton of questions about all the little children in the orphanage, but I didn’t get to ask them, because we had arrived at our destination, and there were a bunch of kids running around the house we had just pulled up in front of.

My grandpa told me we were going to go visit with the family and to bring the candy with me. So, I got out of the car with the candy, and started heading with my grandpa across the yard full of children to the house. The mom and dad came out of the house to greet us. My grandpa introduced me, and the mom told me how she used to have my grandma as her teacher in high school, and my grandpa was the principal.

At this point all the children came circling around me and started eying me and my candy. I won’t lie; I hugged that bag of candy to my body like it was my very own baby I had to protect. My grandpa gave me a nudge and asked me to give them some candy. I figured this was no problem, I could give each of the children a piece of candy and have a ton of it left over for myself. So, I started handing each kid a piece of candy. Boy did their eyes light up when I did this. After giving each kid a piece of candy, my grandpa told me to give the oldest child the whole bag of candy! I’m pretty sure my jaw hit the ground at that point. All my precious candy was gone! I had been robbed of the greatest sugar high of all time! I turned my head to look up at my grandpa, and I was about to ask him why he wanted me to do this, but he gently took the bag from me and gave it to the oldest child. We then said our good-byes and walked back to the car to head home.

When we got into the car I asked my grandpa why we had to give them all the candy. His response was to have me look at the children in their front yard. He said, “Do you see them? Look at their smiles! They are a family without enough money to buy candy, and you get candy every day. This is a very special treat for these kids. Now, would you rather eat that candy yourself, or would you like to make multiple people smile and feel happy by giving them your candy?” I was only 4 years old, but that lesson sunk into my little brain and stayed there for life. After looking at the children smiling, and showing their parents and each other all the different candies, and realizing I helped make them happy, and gave them something special, I decided I didn’t want the candy for myself at all. I actually asked my grandpa each time I visited them if we could go take candy to the children again.

Later in life I learned that the couple who lived in that house could not have children of their own. Instead, they chose to foster children in their home.

In that lesson and many other examples my grandpa set for me as a child, I learned that if you can help someone in any way, or if you can just make them smile that you should do it, and I always have.

Sadly, I was fired from teaching at the YMCA in Minot recently for teaching free classes in another community.

I teach free classes to people in my community, which is over an hour drive from the Y in Minot. I started teaching these classes for free, because people in my community do not have the ability to join a gym over an hour away, take classes, and I needed fitness volunteer hours for some of my certifications. Once I completed my yearly volunteer hours, I kept going with the free classes. I teach them for free, because I don’t need the money, I love seeing everyone feel good about themselves after class, and hear them talking about how much fitter and stronger they feel.

I was told by my superior at the YMCA that I had to quit teaching free classes in my little town, or they would have to fire me. She explained that they saw my classes (in a town over an hour away) as competition to their classes at the YMCA. I didn’t and still don’t understand this. Especially since the YMCA is a nonprofit organization. If anything I would think they would want to help people in the community. Especially since I’m helping those in a community where there is no access to fitness.

My grandpa’s voice and teachings came right into my head as I sat there in the office being given this ultimatum. I told her that I would not quit volunteering my time and helping others. I was taught better than that from my grandpa. Plus, I really believe that in order to make the world a better place you need to be generous, kind, and helpful whenever you can.

So, I’m no longer teaching my classes at the YMCA in Minot. I’m beyond sad about this, but I’m going to keep my head up, and be proud of my morals and values.

To all my wonderful friends and regulars in class…I love ya all, and I feel like I’m abandoning you. Each one of you has become so much stronger both inside and out since the first time you wandered your way into class. As a group we have seen each other through cancer, infertility, loss of loved ones and pets, terrible horrible no good very bad days, weddings, births, and so much more. Please keep supporting each other, cheering each other on, and most of all…Keep making each other SMILE and LAUGH! Your smiles will always stay with me!