End of A Fitness Instructing Chapter…

After a nearly ten year long chapter in my book of life, the time has come to say “see ya later” to teaching fitness classes.  I taught my very last class this morning at the Council Bluffs YMCA and I absolutely cannot think of a better gym to close out my fitness instructing tenure.  These people all showed up in my fave color of BLACK, with smiles on their faces, ready to get their butts handed to them as I dished out a mashup of all my FAVE moves.

Even the slackers killed it. ❤

 

I know for most, this isn’t much of a thing.  But this thing is HUGE for me and I am not sure I am emotionally QUITE ready for this chapter to end, however, professionally and personally it’s time.

With a career shift (I am still in higher education but have switched institutions and programming size), comes great opportunity, and I am eager to spend my time really digging deep into strengthening programs that cater to our under-served student population and bridging the gap between secondary and post-secondary education across the Metro area.

Some really exciting stuff, guys!

But, with that, comes sacrifice!

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My fitness instructing career began clear back in 2002 in my hometown fitness facility and after a brief hiatus in between my move to the City, I held positions with 24 Hour Fitness, Gold’s Gym, IWCC, and the Omaha Metro YMCA, specifically with the Council Bluffs branch.

I LOVE(D) it.

Teaching fitness classes in the city opened up the door to my stint as a national fitness trainer as a Master Trainer for BBLive, which provided an incredible opportunity to meet fitness minded folks from all across the U.S. and within my territory of Iowa and Nebraska.   (You can read more of my Master Trainer life here and here).

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I still to this day talk to Sarah (second from right) at minimum once per week.  The friendship built through MT’ing was a gift in and of itself.

And the HUNDREDS of people I had the great privilege of training over the course of two years was such an incredible journey.

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To close this chapter is pretty sentimental.  But, to close it with the YMCA folks who have been with me for nearly FIVE YEARS at the same time, same day, is something I will cherish to the end.

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The CB-YMCA is where the Slacker Corner was formed:

 

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And where I earned the OFFICIAL rights to be the Supervisor of them all:

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It’s where I learned time and time again that age is just a number and mental strength always perseveres.

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It’s where I got to know members on a deeper level and held the honor of celebrating their milestones and achievements in their health and wellness journey (here’s looking at YOU Randy in your incredible journey to doing a BURPEE in class with us)

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The folks at CB-YMCA learned to live with me through all my costume themed classes and endless photo opportunities:

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The CB-YMCA is where we celebrated members, turned family, and fought with them battles never before imagined:

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We celebrated BIRTHDAY’s and HOMECOMINGS in a BIG way:

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They chastised me with signs, questionable words under their breath and always with splashes of humor:

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And celebrated with me my LOVE of all things BLACK:

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We grew together as a family as we left the old for the new:

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And banded together to overcome not only the end of the workouts, but life’s ever waving highs and lows.

Class was more than class. It was (and will continue to be) a time of togetherness, camaraderie and love.

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In my reflection over the last several years, I see grit, tenacity, passion, exhaustion, fear, triumph and happiness.  I gave it my all and I sure hope every class, every trainee, every one-timer and every regular truly felt the love I had in teaching and took away something from their experiences.

Putting that mic on brings out a side of me that is a rarity.  Taking the microphone off for the very last time this morning has left a void, but I know, in my heart of hearts, I WILL be back again one day in front of the class.  Let’s just call it a cliff hanger with a sequel to be determined.  And I am sticking around on the sub list so I can get my “fix” on the occasion… 😉

Until then, I am going to continue my participation at a gym I attend as a participant (here’s looking at you, Edge Body Bootcamp) that challenges me physically and mentally every single day.  It’s my personal happy place.  Fitness is a LARGE part of who I am and what makes me happy.  It is not something I will ever let go.  I live for the challenge it places on me. It’s my own personal competition and I am my own opponent.  I friggin’ LIVE for it.

So, on that note…

Here is a CHEERS to my run in fitness instructing.  It’s been fun!

Until next time…

10th Annual B!tch Run | July 25th, 2015

↓ Girls, Girls, Girls  

What a day …

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with all these girls

And to think that it all started from these two minds.

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So, how on earth do I even begin wrapping up an entire days worth of photos into one post?   This is the main reason why it has taken me darn near two months to even start this entry.  Do I make multiple posts?  Do I make one giant one?  And what photos of the over 450 do I share with you fine people?

You feeling my dilemma here?

And so, it was decided.   This giantnoteworthy, epic day is going to be wrapped up into one GIANT, beautiful, powerful, kick-ass post featuring some equally beautiful, powerful, kick-ass women.

Here we go…

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The Hard Luck Saloon | Council Bluffs, IA

The Hard Luck served as our meetup point.  The start of Bloody Mary’s, shirt exchanges and pre-run group photos.  Because rain, of course.

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11:45am | Kickstands up.  Time to start the day.

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Nothing hotter than THAT view right there.

Hey ladies. ❤

The Wild’s | Bartlett, IA

Where the drinks were cold, conversations started flowing, people loosened up and epic gift giving was had.

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Now, why on earth they wanted to pick up my ass is beyond me.  I think Jenn just wanted to get a little frisky.

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But it served as the perfect opportunity for the girls to give me the most thoughtful, hilarious, absolutely PERFECT gift of all time.  Sneaky little sisters, I tell ya!

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I’m just going to allow the photos to do the talking from here on out.

Brace yourselves for this awesomeness.

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Oh, NO you DIDN’T!

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Oh, YES you DID!

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B!tches Betta Recognize!

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The Story.   Around the 4th of July I found a photo of this jacket on the good ol’ Internet and posted it on my Harleys & Heels page reminiscing about my Junior High years when I actually DID have this exact jacket.  Fringe and all.   Who knew that a few of these girls (I believe Tracy was the mastermind in getting this all going – LOVE you, doll) would pull off searching, finding, buying and organizing a group card.

Best, sistas, EVER.

And with that… we moved on.

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The Riverside Inn | Riverton, IA

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Kayla, Sara and Jess were the Jeep crew.

Fortunately, soon after this photo, they were able to take the Freedom Panels out!  It wouldn’t be a B run without a little rain! 🙂

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Cocktails…

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Selfies

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And more…

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Riverton was a short and sweet stop.  Enough for a couple cocktails and a little ruckus before leaving this quaint little town.  What kind of ruckus you ask?  Click here.

On to Shenandoah, IA where we caused a mild curiosity amongst the local PD.  I think we counted three drive-by’s?  I promise, we were on our best behavior.

All those women on two wheels? 

Ya, I’d do a few drive-by’s myself!

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Emerald Isle | Imogene, IA

Ah.. the home of little beers.

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These little guys are the reason and excuse for all remaining photos to come.

Exhibit A

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Exhibit B

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Exhibit C

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Exhibit D

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Exhibit E

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Exhibit F

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Oh, Little Beers.   You are sneaky little bastards.

WAIT!  How many did we have?!

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Time to MOVE…

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Harley’s Bar and Grill | Emerson, IA

Click on the below photo to see what 30 Biker Chicks do when they roll into town…

Trust me.  Click on it.

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Ha.  See now, aren’t you so glad you did?  Thanks, Jenny for the tunes.

Emerson was full of shenanigans… and cuddles… and selfies...

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Alright, Alright, Alright.  

We still have TWO more official stops! 

Let’s go!

The Hood | Silver City, IA

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The C-Town Crew!

Jessica, Tina, Me, Kayla, Jenn and Jenny.

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How cute is this photo?

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Cheese!

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Here comes Marcy!

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Always and forever the Free Spirit.  We can all learn a little about LIVING from this one.

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Let’s MOVE!

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The Backroom Lounge | Lake Ohana, IA

This was the last “official” stop before folks dropped off and went on with their evenings.

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And long drawn out good-byes.

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(Adopted) Sister Love

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Marcy naughtiness

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Final gab sessions

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Parking lot split

OUCH!

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And final group hugs.

Oh, did you think that was it?

You are clearly mistaken…

Who will be the last (wo)man standing?!

Let’s move.

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Lighthouse | Council Bluffs, IA

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I think it is very safe to say we all are having a grand ol’ time, ya?

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Tyree sang a pretty fab duet with this fine gentleman.

I smell Grammy.

Oh, no.  No no no… Not done yet!  Hang with me. We are moving on to the…

LAST STOP

21st Saloon | Omaha, NE

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YES!  That is IT!

Food, Water, Feet Up.  The End to a pretty fab day.

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July 25th, 2015

A Day to Remember with some of the BEST girls you could ever meet.

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Until next time…

Cheers!

 

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

Professional Photos 

Fun Photos

  • The Girls

Service

  • The Hardluck
  • The Wild’s
  • Riverside Inn
  • Emerald Isle
  • Harley’s Bar & Grill
  • The Hood
  • The Backroom Lounge
  • Lighthouse Inn
  • 21st Saloon

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Rockfest 2015

Oh, Rockfest.  I adore you.  You and I have had a 9 year relationship that just keeps getting better.  I am not sure if you were Rockfest or River Riot in 2006, but whatever you were, I loved you just as much then as I do now.

Rockfest 2015 had a freaking KILLER lineup.  All of them put on a spectacular show.   Ok, well, we missed Arson City but it’s all good.  I imagine they were fab as well.

Our above crew met up at QSL for a little lunch and pre-drink action at 11:45am.   <—-Ya, 11:45am.  That should prepare you for the photos that are to come.

Let me just say one more time….

Pre-drinks.  11:45am.   Rockfest.   All day.

Ok, you’ve been warned.

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You, my little friend, got us started on the right foot.  Thank goodness you had many friends just like you that came out to play too!   😉

I don’t think I really need to explain much that is happening from this point forward.   Sun, drinks, music, gooooood people watching…

Let’s get to it, shall we?

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The day got hotter.   The drinks got stronger.  The fun kept going.

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EMPHATIC!!!!   Bounce, Bounce…. you know I love the way you….

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This girl?  One could say I kinda dig her.

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The crowd.

A mere 15,000 all together.   Can you even imagine?  Ya, it’s pretty epic.

And soaked in booze.

And loaded with cool people with their own sense of style.

And the occasional passed out person that WILL get messed with.

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#sorrynotsorry

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Trouble, Trouble and More Trouble.

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Porta Potty selfie, naturally.

#classyladies

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Hey, wait!  I still know these people!

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Ya, we are that cool.

You wish you were too.

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Oh, heyyyy girls!

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Cheeeeese!

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IN THIS MOMENT!!!!!!!!!!

Time to push through the crowd…

And look who we ran into???

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Elise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Girl, you rock my socks!

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Mama and daughter.   Elise was super excited I am SURE of it!  🙂

And then they made us clear out.  Something about storms and needing to seek shelter.

In our cars….

Makes TOTAL sense!

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15,000 down to 1,000 is seconds.

Well, to me it was seconds, but that might be the lemonade I was drinking.   That fresh squeezed lemonade will get you every time, I tell ya!

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And now ladies and gents we have what we call a Parking Lot party….

Hey, Liz!  Get it, girl.

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On the catwalk.  On the catwalk yeah, Kimi strikes a little pose on the catwalk.

Right Said Fred – you are welcome now for that little catchy tune stuck in your head for the day.

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Ain’t no rain gonna stop us from having fun.

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And how about these two lovebirds?

I mean, STOP IT!

Too cute.

Hey Andy… about that engagement.

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The rain quickly passed and we found our way back inside to see Halestorm rock their set.

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Good stuff.

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Papa Roach closed out the night.   I would have liked to have stayed a little longer as I am totally in love with their new album, but the day caught up to me and I was ready to roll.

And, so we did.

Cheers to a pretty fab Rockfest 2015!

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Two Tickets to Paradise- Giveaway

Just admit it.  

The title alone had you singing.

I’ve Got… Two Tickets to Paradise.  

Got a surprise waiting for you.

 

On June 6th, 2014 Rick Springfield, Eddie Money, and Little River Band will share one stage at the Mid-America Center.

 

 

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Sounds like a pretty fun night out, if you ask me!   And what could make it even better?

Getting those tickets for FREE!

 

 

Who doesn’t know Rick Springfield’s:

 

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Or Eddie Money’s:

 

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And what about Little River Band’s:

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Are you ready for this?

I have an offer code AND giveaway, so keep on reading!

Tickets and information can be found through the Mid America Center by clicking here.

  • You can purchase tickets via Ticketmaster.com.  Prices range from $40.00 – $60.00
  • OFFER CODE: How about $10 OFF your ticket price?  Simply type in HarleyJ where it says Offer Code.

 

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HUGE thanks to the marketing folks for this special offer code.

Please be sure to use it when purchasing your tickets so we can have more like it down the road!

  • Friday, June 6th ~ Doors open at 7PM  ~ Show starts at 8PM
  • Parking is FREE –  (Eat your heart out $8 Century Link parking)

 

Now ~ Are you ready to try your chance at winning?

 

 One lucky Harleys and Heels reader is going to WIN TWO Tickets to Rick Springfield, Eddie Money and  Little River Band!

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 That’s right.   Click on that little red button.  You’ve got it!

 

Cheers and Good Luck!

 

*I received tickets to the concert for me and two tickets to giveaway on behalf of Harrah’s Council Bluffs and the Mid-America Center.  Thanks to Katie from Yellow Mango Life for the offer origination.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Color Me Rad ~ Recap!

Saturday was the Council Bluffs Color Me Rad 5K!   It was a perfect morning for it as the skies were clear and the weather warm.

 

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I was able to catch up with Liz and her hubby who WON the free entries that I gave away a few months ago!  Looks like they had a great time!

 

HUGE thanks to Color Me Rad for the cool prize pack to give-away and CONGRATS again to Liz for winning, running and having a great morning with her hubby!!

 

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Celebrate good times, come on!

 

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The After-Party

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It’s all about good friends, fun and laughter.

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Let’s not forget the cute costumes either…

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Cheers to another run under my belt.  I need to do something cool with all my race bibs!  Any fun ideas?  Throw them my way!

 

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