My Girl Z

I don’t really know how long Z and I have been friends and I’m not exactly sure how we formally met but I thought she was pretty cool and I love her sense humor.  She gets me.  One day we just started hanging out and the rest they say is history.

One thing I do know is that we are gym friends (although we no longer attend the same fitness facility).  Our circle of friends came together from a love of Zumba and while our Zumba crowd has thinned and I no longer teach, Z and I have remained friends through it all.

Now that you’ve got the background history on Z and I’s friendship, I wanted to tell you why I think she is pretty incredible.  Z might not think so herself, but I think she is pretty influential.  At least she’s influenced me.  Without telling anyone except for a small handful of us, Z decided to start the Whole30 program.  If you don’t know what that is, you need to read the book It Starts With Food.  It is a game changer.  Anyway, Z took it upon herself to just one day decide to take the plunge.  She had her mind right and was determined.  She cut out grain, dairy, seed and vegetable oils, corn, white potatoes, soy (and soy products), added preservatives, and all added sugar (natural or not).  If she came out with us to the movies, she brought Whole30 approved snacks.  If she came to dinner, she previewed the menu and determined what she could have or made arrangements with the kitchen.  She was dedicated and I admired that.

At work, coworkers tried to tempt her with food but she stayed firm which is one thing not many of us can really do when faced with free cookies, cupcakes, and chips.  But here is the thing with Whole30, if you “cheat,” you literally go all the way back to Day 1 and Z decided it wasn’t worth it.  So she simply just said no.  In the end, she lost 22.5 pounds in 30 days which is pretty incredible.  When she told all of us how good she was feeling and all the great things that came from the program, she inspired a group of us to give it a try.  Not only did she successfully complete her first Whole30 program, but she’s pretty much adopted this way of eating.  It’s a lifestyle now and a great one at that.

Z is a fabulous cook and I love having pitch-ins with her.  It’s truly motivating to have someone there for you as you embark on a similar health journey helping you with recipes and food ideas.  She has been great.  So thanks, Z!  This shout out goes to you!

Check out Z’s blog here.

Me and Z goofing at the mall

Me and Z goofing at the mall

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About Food4Thought

I am no fitness expert. I am simply someone who has found joy in fitness and nutrition. I am a certified group fitness instructor. I’ve been teaching at the local health club for about 3 years now. While Zumba was my first love, I have since added Total Conditioning, Bodyworks plus Abs, and Core to my repertoire of classes. I work with a personal trainer to help me reach my fitness goals that I cannot obtain through group fitness alone. This year I ran my first 5K and plan to run my first 10K in March. To further my knowledge in the fitness realm, I have begun reading Strong Women Stay Slim, New Rules for Lifting Abs, and The Body Sculpting Bible for Women. On my list to read next is Wheat Belly. I am always looking for new ways to further my education and knowledge to better serve the members that take my group fitness classes. Lately, I have started tinkering with recipes, buying healthy cookbooks, and finding easy, tasty, and healthy foods to make. Like I mentioned earlier, I am by no means an expert, but the things I share with you have helped me tremendously with my fitness journey. It is my hope that with these easy tips and recipes, that you too can make these tiny steps and see big positive changes in your life.

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