Fun at the fair

Yesterday, Jon and I had the opportunity to go to a health and fitness fair in Schaumburg. The fair offered a variety of free fitness classes, free assessments by chirpractors and acupuncturists, passes for free classes at various workout facilities in the area, free prizes and more. (Oh, and I can’t forget the last free thing–food! Samples included Jamba juice, organic fudge, vegan cheesecake, low-fat spinach artichoke dip–my favorite food ever–and more.)

After some healthy snacking, my friend Melissa and I tried out two workouts–jazzercise and zumba. While my opinion of jazzercise hasn’t changed–that it’s more for moms who lunch than it is for me–it really was a good workout and I can see why people like it. When it comes to zumba, I can definitely understand why it  is an attractive option for most people, but as we salsa-ed across the floor, I felt more like a beached whale flailing for freedom than I ever have in all my life. If I ever learn how to move my hips, I’ll reconsider! It seems more like fun than work–if you know how to shake your booty without looking like an idiot. Melissa’s husband was in charge of documenting the fair on camera–and he filmed us taking these two classes. I may have to bribe him to ensure that this footage never sees the light of day.

After burning some calories, I visited the chiropractor’s booth, where I learned that I put six pounds of extra pressure on my left side compared to my right, and I carry my head about two inches further out than I should. For $20 I’m going for a full consultation tomorrow. I’m hoping it will help with holistic treatment of blood pressure, stress and weight loss as well.

I also scheduled a consultation at a Chinese medicine-type place, that offers acupuncture, herbal treatments, chiropractic care and more. I may decide to proceed with one of these companies or neither. Either way, it will be good blog fodder! (And I get an acupressure massage at the second place, so win-win!)

Overall, this fair reminded me of how incredible I feel after I work out. I’m a little sore today, but I feel strong and capable. I hope this inspires me to work out more frequently, and with more variety.

Quote: “Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.” ~Carol Welch


About Kristen K

My life has always been pretty darn fantastic--except for one thing: my weight. Not too long ago, I tipped the scale at 283 pounds. I'd gain some, lose some and gain some right back, and I was so frustrated. When I saw a notice for a Biggest Loser-style contest in my local paper, I applied on the spot and I felt like I won the lottery when I found out I was one of the five contestants chosen. We worked out four times a week with trainers and followed a clean eating diet, and my life completely transformed. I've lost more than 60 pounds and I'm feeling confidence for the first time in my life. I'm 29 years old with a great husband, a rewarding job, two adorable dogs and fantastic friends. Weight loss continues to be a struggle now that the contest has ended, but this time I know that I can do it and I'm fully committed. This blog has seved as an accountability tool as I journey from a happy, but fat, person to a happy and confident person. And for the first time in my life, I'm no longer putting it off until tomorrow. This time, I'm starting this minute.
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One Response to Fun at the fair

  1. Valerie says:

    Aaaaaand acupuncture just made it onto my “30 before 30” list.

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