Yes, it’s Vegan Feast Thursday and I am always excited about that. Instead of staying on topic, though, I want to focus on YOU, because I am so happy for all of YOU.
Firstly, congrats to our very own peaceandfitness Biggest Losers. Do you realize that JUST amongst our little group, BJ, Carolanne and Jeff have taken off close to 100 pounds in the past few months? In three months Carol has taken off 15 pounds, almost 15 inches and I can attest to the fact that she is looking FANTASTIC. Jeff made it to ONE-derland recently and is working on those last few pounds. Having seen him recently, I can also say FANTASTIC job! BJ accomplished the greatest task, losing almost 10 pounds while on vacation in Europe and is well on her way to goal number 1 of 50 pounds lost by her birthday. Rita shared some before and after pics and I can clearly see the big difference. All of you are showing the determination and drive it takes to reach goals instead of just setting them, and I am so proud of you!
Weight, however, is not the only goal we strive for in the gym. Every single day I am incredibly inspired by my students for their devotion to their physical, mental and emotional health which all flourish in a group fitness program. Yesterday I admired Charlotte’s posture in class. Every day, I admire her youthful and open mind. Yesterday she let me know she will be traveling next week and not to worry when she isn’t there…did I mention she turns 93 next month? Nothing slows this woman down. Have I mentioned Al and Margo? Al walks 5 miles in the morning before coming to the gym for class and his own workout which includes weight lifting and some killer cardio on the versaclimber. He may miss an occasional class so that he and Margo can mow, weed wack and clean BOTH their yards. I asked them if they nap and they looked at me like I had an extra eye. Then they put the top down on their convertible and drove away. Al is 85 and looks great for ANY age. Margo is naturally beautiful on the inside and out with her long, untouched hair. Just beautiful at 75. Fred and Shirley, Gary and Sydelle, Don, Marie, Fredda, Dr. Dorothy and so many other SilverSneakers students, inspire me and those around them in countless ways. Despite challenges that you may have, you come to class smiling and laughing. You dance, you sing and you make my job seem like anything BUT work!
YOU are AWESOME. Keep caring for yourselves and each other. The positive ripple effect is huge. Thank you.
Since it is VFT, I hope you will consider a meatless meal. 3 women who spent 48 hours on a plant-based diet showed medical benefits that no pill could EVER provide! YOUR health is really important to me and to all your loved ones. Namaste.