Level 2 Class

I just got back from working, teaching at 7am, and then taking a wonderful Level 2 class taught by guest teacher Sherri DiMarco from The Bar Method Miami. I really loved it. It was certainly a challenge and seemed completely action-packed.

The class seems to move along a lot quicker (although at the same time seems very long!) as there are more exercises to fit in. We did three sets of thigh work (chair, LT with MM, and HPW with a ball) followed by fold-over, which was then followed by 2nd position and diamond thigh, finishing with arabesque! Wow! I got the dizzies during the final set of seat work but pushed myself through.

Flat-back was fun as we did a lot more variations and subsets. Curl was topped by completing an 80-count plank! Super! That was humbling and I didn’t think I would make it through after all the other push-ups and spider planks we had performed earlier in the class. But I managed to suck it up and stay up there. Phew!

The stretching between exercises moved along a lot quicker than in a mixed level class, but I didn’t feel gipped in any way.

Sherri taught the class effortlessly with finesse and I enjoyed experiencing her different explanations of things and her choreography.

It definitely gave us all (teachers and students alike) a good taster of a Level 2 class. I hope we will be able to offer some classes soon at our studio. I know our instructors (not me! Too green still!) are more than capable of teaching it, so I am excited for them to take on the challenge at some point. Bring it on!

Oprah’s Thought for the Day….

“The greatest act of courage is to be and to own all of who you are— without apology, without excuses, without masks to cover the truth of who you are.”
— Debbie Ford

It’s been almost a week now since I have shut down my Facebook account. It certainly feels good to take a break and prioritize.
Maybe I will now have some more time to get back to my blogging! Imagine that!
One certainly finds out who one’s real friends are by the people who bother to either pick up a phone or write a letter.
There aren’t very many, but that’s okay. I would rather have a handful of good friends than 400 plus acquaintances.

The owner of The Bar Method Miami is coming to take and teach a class next Monday. I am excited as she is going to teach a Level 2 class.
I know it will be killer!

Work is going well and I enjoy teaching more and more every day!

First week of work as instructor complete!

I have made it through my first official week of work as an instructor. I’m really enjoying work and the new challenges it brings!
Now I have the fun task of changing up my choreography and teaching new exercises! It certainly keeps me on my toes.
I feel like i never stop learning with The Bar Method! I love that.

We just had a training at our studio this past week for the next batch of instructors-in-training. My trainer, Jen Hertsenberg, came in to town to lead the proceedings. She really is phenomenal and had a great group of women to train. There were 4 girls from Orlando (all training in readiness for the new studio that will be opening in the Dr. Phillips area) and then 3 from out of town… San Diego, Covington, and Boston. Now the post-training fun and games begin!

In other news, we have finally had some rain. It has been so dry for months and months and this past week has been stormy and rainy. Trouble is, I am so spoilt living in the Sunshine State now that whenever we have more than 2 days of rain I get antsy!

G is enjoying her little summer day camps. She is excited about going up to the mountains to spend a few weeks with Grandma. She is such a joy to be around. I love my little buddy. I feel like I want to keep a video recorder constantly on her at the moment as we have the most amazing conversations and she comes out with both some of the funniest and most endearing things. I am always touched when people compliment me on her. The other day, a friend said to me (who doesn’t know about our past) “She is so cute! You guys cannot stop at just having her. You need to have more!” I smiled to myself and said in my heart “It’s not for the lack of trying.” There are days when my heart still aches. I often think about Henry and how he would be right now. I also wonder why I haven’t been able to get pregnant again. I can’t help but feel it is meant to be that way. I am such a firm believer in everything happening for a reason. Maybe we are not meant to have another child right now. Maybe we are not meant to have another child ever. All I know is that I just have to keep my focus on G. She is such an absolute blessing. I couldn’t wish for a sweeter, kinder, more loving, and special child. I feel guilty and selfish when I wish to have another baby. There are so many people out there who can’t even have one.