MAY GOALS: SLAY MAY

Wow! I cannot believe MAY is here! That means I am closer to having a 2 year old and closer to being another year in my fitness journey. The past couple of months have been crazy! I have took on a lot and had to balance everything and after all was said and done I went and took a vacation! After taking a few seconds to breathe and to reflect I decided to do what was best for my mental state of mind and focus on my goals.

With everything going on I put so much on the back burner. I do have to say I did keep on top of my nutrition for the most part. I say for the most part because I may have had too many Fries and I went back to drinking soda. Not good and not something that I am proud of but it’s a new month and I wont beat myself over what I did.

Have I gained weight?! Yes! Am I happy about it? No! Is it something I can lose?! Of course. I am still fitting in my pants but lets just say I am fitting! I am not ashamed to say this back fat has to go! These rolls have to go and get out of my life forever. So with that being said I have to SLAY MAY! If you know me– well then you know I am a goal person. I am also a paper and pen person and I like to write out every and anything.

GOALS.

  1. Start 21 Day Fix Challenge group! I have some goals to crush and some back fat that needs to disappear.
  2. This month I am finally starting a group that has been asked for in HIGH DEMAND and I will make a blog post soon about it!
  3. Write more. Yes I am back and better! I have so much in this brain of mine that wants to release and break free.
  4. Preparing my body for the Zumba Convention. I have been told I need to start preparing it like a marathon, so I am not dying of total pain the first day! (Did I note that I am documenting everything)!
  5. Getting another certification. (Cant tell you, but details are soon)!

I dont know about you but when Monday starts, its exciting because that means a fresh start. I am even more excited because the 1st of the month is on a Monday! What are your goals this month? The question is will you SLAY MAY?

WHAT I HAVE LEARNED…..

I had my own struggle with losing weight. To be honest I struggle every day but this time it’s a different struggle. I struggle to maintain my weight, maintain my healthy lifestyle and maintain my progress of not losing weight but toning and getting stronger. Regardless, of what our struggle is we all struggle. I struggle to drink my water everyday, to not pick up that soda and to walk away from the snickers. I have worked so hard to get my body to where it is and it’s so hard when people want the same results but don’t want to work for it.

What I have learned this far in my coaching career is that you can’t make anyone lose weight, or get healthy. You can give them all the tools to be successful and to lose weight but if there is no real motivation well then there will be no real results. As a coach I can just be here for them when they are really ready for change and help.

I work at the gym of course because I am a Zumba instructor but it’s amazing how you see the same people at the gym, over and over! These are the people who keep me motivated, these are the people who has seen change and craves more change! I am learning and will still learn probably each day but I see everyday as a new opportunity.

TOP 6 GIFTS FOR THE FIT MOM

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Can you believe it’s that time of year again?!

Hobby Lobby and Target is taken over by Christmas Trees and Santa Claus! I love this time of the year but if your like me well you probably hate when your spouse asks you, what do you want or trying to figure out what to get people.

I like to think of myself as an expert because I have actually asked a few women that take my Zumba class, what is on their list this year! Here is your official gift guide and you can thank me later!!

TOP 6 GIFTS FOR THE FIT MOM

1. Fitbit Charge 2 :is simply amazing! I am in love with my Fitbit but recently I upgraded to one of the newest models! I love everything about it and gifts like this is perfect for the Mom that needs a little motivation to put some pep in her step! I connect this to My Fitness Pal and this is my personal trainer! The best part is, it will yell at you if your not stepping!

2. LIFT Certified Meal Prep Containers: this mama can never have enough meal prep containers. For a fit mom meal prepping is a major part of life! I have used so many different meal prep containers and just like socks I always lose the 1!

 

3. Fresh Fusions Fruit Infuser Bottle : As I write this I am struggling to drink this bottle of water!fresh-fushion-water-bottle Some days I can drink all of my water with no problem and some days I need some mint or strawberries to make my water taste like juice! This
not only comes with a recipe book but also you can use this bottle for a protein shake.

4. Taylor Bluetooth Smart Body Fat Scale with Fitness App: I love my scale. I think this scale is not only amazing but I don’t have to remember what I weighed in 8 months ago because it also connects right with My Fitness Pal App. Not only is weight important but so is the percentage of body fat.

5. Aozora Combo Yoga Mat: This mat is perfect for anyone that loves yoga and especially hot yoga or pilates. Not only is this non slip but after a sweaty class I threw it right in the washer machine!

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6.Vooray Roadie 16″ Small Gym Bag: This bag is perfect to throw in my car and to put in my gym locker. Not only is this bag cute but it’s practical!

These gifts are not only perfect for the fit mom but from someone who works in this line of work all of these products you will not go wrong!!!

BEACHBODY COACH

Things have gotten a little complicated for me lately. I have gained 5lbs and some inches back in my waist. Well the last time I stepped on the scale thats what it said.

A few weeks ago I took the step to become a BeachBody. Many people may ask why? But my answer is so simple. It’s because I need accountability. I started working at the gym teaching Zumba since September. Now that people are coming to me for their weight loss goal my question is who will hold me accountable. I joined because I need accountability that I wasn’t getting anywhere else. This is something new that I am trying and I want you to keep me accountable while I go through this journey!

Some days you just have to make healthy choices and life is all about choices! Want to make healthy decision.... well ask me how! #fitness #shakeology #shakeologyaddict
Some days you just have to make healthy choices and life is all about choices! Want to make healthy decision…. well ask me how! #fitness #shakeology #shakeologyaddict

I have fallen off the wagon I call it. I no longer eat the way I should have but I am seeing some positives through this entire situation.

No Longer do I beat myself up for the weight I am gaining. I look at each day as a new day and I know I can turn that weight around and lose it—- because I am WOMAN HEAR ME ROAR!

No Longer do I say “I need to go on a diet” because it’s not a diet its a lifestyle.

I am increasing my workouts and decreasing my carbs and junk in take! I will update my journey all the time and I want you to hold me accountable.

Check out my website ——— www.beachbodycoach.com/DENEADURAN

WORK OUT WITH RYDERWEAR!

I live by the motto if you look your best, you feel your best and that goes for even when your at the gym. Many people may not agree with me but I feel I at least need lipgloss or mascara before I  work out. Im not saying you have to go to the gym with a face full of make up or your hair done up because my hair is usually in a messy bun or an upside down pineapple.ryderwear-womens-bra

Typically I get off of work, change into my workout clothes and will work out for an hour about 3 times a week and then I teach Zumba on Saturdays so to say I live in gym clothes would be an understatement. There are only certain leggings I can wear that are not only are comfy when working out but I don’t have to worry about them rising when doing lifts and squats. I always look for cute workout clothes and I finally found a brand that provides not only comfy workout clothes but they are cute.

 

When it comes to sports bras it’s so hard finding a good bra that doesn’t make you feel like you have no chest! Ryderwear push up crop black sports bra ( what I am wearing) give you great support for any type of exercise. I danced for 90 minutes during Zumba class and the girls were nice and secure! The bra is made with performance fabric with 4 way stretch, breathable padding and body wick cool and dry material.

 

As soon as I went into the gym with these #LIFTSQUAT tights everyone complimented me! These are comfortable and are cute which is what I love! Also these shoes the Ladies D-Maks are perfect for squats. The flat soles that the shoes have allow your feet to be planted firmly on the ground which are perfect for squats.

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I wish I could say what was my favorite but my shirt says it all— Muscles and Mascara! No I am not being paid to post about their products but I think not only are they perfect for people like me that loves good workout clothes and that are fashionable. Check them out www.ryderwear.com!

 

Groupon + Fitness Devices= Steal

(This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.)

When I first started my journey to a healthier and more active lifestyle  I knew I needed something to hold me accountable. I needed something that would push me and something I could look at everyday with my goal in mind.

After doing my research I knew I wanted to buy a Fitbit. After always hearing such wonderful things about everything it had to offer and the best part was that it connects to your phone. I have honestly bought many devices that counted my steps but just like many diets I have tried it never lasted! The fit bit connects to your iPhone, Android or Windows phone with an app. It not only tracks your steps but it connects to your My Fitness Pal account and it counts your calories.  I found this device everything I was looking for but the only real problem was the Fitbit was not in my budget.

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There are different types of Fitbits for different prices! Like always, Groupon has it for a steal! The normal $99.99 device, you can get it on Groupon for $59.99! There are so many other Fitbit devices that are for almost half off!

I couldn’t be more happier about the decision to purchase the device and meet all of my fitness goals. I have now encouraged a lot of my friends to purchase the device as they start on their fitness journey. The Fitbit lets you start challenges with people in your network/friends like who can get the most steps in during the week. Many times if I am behind I will make it a goal to hit the treadmill just to run so I can catch up.

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Make sure to check out all of the great things Groupon has to offer you on your fitness journey like shoes from Foot Locker!

MONDAY MOTIVATION

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It’s a Monday! All things that could go wrong have went wrong. From not getting any sleep all weekend and it finally catching up to me, even this concealer can’t cover up everything I went through this weekend.

My life has been a wreck this weekend. It started with the toddler getting a fever at daycare, which means she had to get picked up. That turned into a crying, whining, disaster 1 year old not wanting to sleep, eat or play. She just wanted mommy and it was so hard because my 3 year old couldn’t understand why I couldn’t play with him. My hubby had to work all weekend, which meant it was just me and the kids!

Guess what?! I will still be in the gym today after work, I am up early writing this post……. I am motivated and determined to get strong. Working out doesn’t only make me strong physically but mentally. I feel empowered when I am lifting those weights and doing those reps. It is something about lifting and pushing your body to lengths you never thought you would make it.

I don’t work out to be skinny. I work out to be strong. Physically and mentally!

What is your motivation? Why do you hit the gym?

 

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5 Question To Ask Yourself Before Joining A Gym

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Gym and contracts are a big deal! I am always hesitant with contracts because I have had bad experiences.

The bad experience I had was signing a 2 year contract with the first place I looked. When I first started going I loved it, I had a personal trainer and was loving the gym life. As the first year continued I started noticing the gym was adding more members than they actually had equipment, room inside the facility or parking for.




Before signing a contract there are 5 questions you should ask yourself.

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1.DO I LIKE THE GYM OR DO I LIKE WORKING OUT AT HOME?

Speaking to many people, that pay for memberships and refuse to use it is because they signed up and found out they actually hate the gym. Working out when everyone can see them, is not for everyone. Most people find it to be better just to work out in their living room.

2. DO THEY OFFER GROUP FITNESS CLASSES?

For me that was important! When I first started working out I knew that I wasn’t a runner and couldn’t just motivate myself to work out. I needed a class/classes to get into because I knew being amongst other people would push me. I tried every class my gym had to offer at least once and I found my thing was Zumba!

3. CHILDCARE?

Childcare is a big deal, especially for people with kids. Not only do they have childcare, but what are the hours? I have visited a lot of gyms where the childcare is at the most inconvenient times for working parents. Why have a childcare in the gym and it’s closed during peak hours?! Make sure you verify the times!

4. GYM HOURS?

Do the hours work with your schedule? Some gyms don’t open until 6am, which wouldn’t work for a lot of people that has to work out first thing at 5am. I love 24 hour gyms but realize not every gym is like that so make sure you check on the hours.

5. WHAT IS THE ATMOSPHERE?

This is the most important question to ask yourself while visiting. I love the gym I go to, because they do a lot with the members. They offer free body boot camp, and will have little parties and Zumbathons for the members. I have been to many places, where the staff at the front aren’t friendly, and your just another body to them.

The biggest advice I could give is to do your research. Don’t go with the name because it’s well known (those are the worse ones), go with the one you love. Each gym offers things to their members, just make sure it fits you!




Licensed Zumba Instructor (ZIN)- Zumba Zumba Zumba!

I AM A ZUMBA INSTRUCTOR

I have talked myself out of it. Every time I thought about it, I thought about all of the reasons I shouldn’t do it. I came up with a million reasons, and talked myself out of it. I never shared with anyone what I really wanted to do, because I thought how crazy does that sound? A Zumba Instructor how crazy is that?!

 

After having my first born I suffered with really bad postpartum. I had no idea what was wrong with me, I reached out to my friends that tried to help but no one really knew how to help. My husband had no knowledge of what postpartum was and even what that meant. I finally told him I needed him to take me to the doctors. He did just that, we visited my doctor and she gave me holistic ways to de-stress like meditation, yoga, eating right, and no caffeine. Hello– I had a toddler at the time and I was in Grad school so saying no to caffeine was not even an option. She then prescribed me anti depressants that I stopped taking about 3 months in. I dealt with postpartum for a year and knew that if I got pregnant again I needed to do something else because medication was not the way to go.




Finding out I was pregnant with my daughter put me into Holistic Living Mode. I knew that I wanted to fight the war on Postpartum. I knew that after all of my research, mediation and working out was the key. After getting clearance from my doctor at my 6 week check up, I joined a gym and started just doing Zumba. I felt so good after I left every class and I knew I wanted more and more. It was like a drug that I needed, and I looked forward to every class because it was like a party! This made me want to work out and then I noticed pounds slipping off and I felt better and was in a great mood.

July 25, 2016- The Day!

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I started my drive to Charlotte, NC which is an hour and a half away from Columbia, SC. I left the house around 5:45am because I had to be there before 8am.  When I arrived to The World Gym, there were ladies lined up and ready! This is when my nerves started kicking in and realized this was real. We filled out our paper work, and then filled the dance studio up. Who says Zumba is just for ladies?! There were men in the class also!

My wonderful ZES Loretta Bates, made everything so fun! We dance for 2 hours and then was given a water break. Danced again, went over material and finally had lunch! I packed a tuna salad because I knew I would need more protein and little carbs. I had protein for Breakfast and snack and honestly, I think my body went into protein overdrive. LOL.

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The rest of the day was learning different music, rhythms and nothing but shaking our butts! I met some amazing people and we got to talk to other Zumba instructors in the area. Zumba really creates a family and its great to share something you all love. At 5:30pm the class was finally over. I wanted it to be over because we had been dancing since 8 and I was exhausted but didn’t want it to end because I love it.

I have never had an experience like that and I have made some friends from that class. This day was so special and I appreciate all of the instructors and my ZES!

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I am now an official Licensed Zumba Instructor! 

My first class starts August 22, 2016 and I am so excited! To find out more information visit my Zumba website.




Mommy Check In

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“Fall in love with taking care of yourself. Mind, Body and Spirit”

Listen to your mind, body and soul. These words are so important to me. I listen to my body and thoughts. Does that sound a little nutty?! Probably! I am very into listening to whatever my inner voice is telling me. Last week I decided I needed a week break. I finally found out why my body was not healing, it was because I was not getting any rest. Life is hectic, life is busy and self inflicted pain is something that could be avoided. I needed a break from social media and blogging. How could I need a break from something I truly love? I love my kids but this weekend I am dropping them off at my parents house and this mama will have a break.

I created this blog because I wanted to first blog my journey on losing the baby weight but then I really got into fitness and my life has truly changed.



 

Fitness Check 

This mama gained 5lbs and it wasn’t in muscle. With everyone being sick including myself I skipped the gym, the home work outs and ate like there was no tomorrow. TODAY, starts my jump rope challenge! I am so excited and its similar to my plank challenge which was a big hit! I have cut out carbs for lunch and dinner and increasing my veggies with every meal! I fell back on the bandwagon of drinking soda, so that is completely out! I am human, I cry and I crave carbs (in that order)! The great thing about being in my position is I know what my body needs and how I can take care of my body. Disappointment is the word that has taken over. Not because I gained the weight, but because I got in a place in my life where I didn’t realize I needed a break but put myself into a downward spiral.

I am human, I am a mom and a blogger and this is my life. I love to be transparent because that’s why I am here!

TODAY, starts back to taking care of me and eating right again (since I just downed a bag of chips yesterday)! The positive is dinner is still really healthy, and I am so excited that my kids love to eat healthy at least I am doing that right! I am a mom of two, a wife, I struggle everyday like you with good decisions and bad decision but everyday is a learning lesson and thats what make life beautiful.

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I love looking at these pictures, because this is a reminder on why I am doing this and these are a constant reminder on what my goal is.