First things first…breakfast!
I started out my morning with a batch of protein pancakes topped with homemade almond butter, strawberries, and a side of Greek yogurt. So good! Breakfast is definitely my favorite meal of the day.
I needed to start out the day with good fuel in my tummy, because today is a very exciting day for me.
The gym that I teach Body Pump at launches the new release of Body Pump today…and I am teaching two of the tracks!
If you are new to the blog, I recently completed the initial training module for Body Pump, and I am loving every step of this new fitness journey. I worked hard to create a great video tape of a class that I taught, sent it in and I am anxiously awaiting the video assessment results. In the mean time, I have been subbing classes and I also started teaching my very own class once a week.
On Thursday, I got a notice in the mail that I had a package waiting for me at the post office. I had just ordered a Les Mills Body Pump workout tank top, so I thought that is what my package was. Because I head into work before the post office opens, I had Brian pick up the mystery package.
Once he picked up the package, he called me sounding pretty confused. I thought for sure that the package was my new workout top, but Brian explained that the package was very small…too small for a tank top, and from Indonesia. What could it be???
When he opened it up and explained to me that it was a bone carved necklace, I knew exactly what it was!
When I started attending Body Pump and other Les Mills classes, I noticed similar necklaces on the instructors’ necks. When I was in training, the trainers and some of the participants had necklaces on too. I didn’t know what the necklaces were, but I suspected that they were a symbol Les Mills used to represent strength.
My mom, being the sneak that she is, secretly asked her Body Pump instructor about the necklace that she wore and where she could purchase one for me to help me in my new fitness journey.
The necklace is a New Zealand koru, symbolizing growth, new life, strength, and peace. Because Les Mills originated in New Zealand, several Les Mills instructors wear these necklaces to provide them with personal, mental, and physical strength while teaching.
I received my necklace just in time to teach my first official class and right before the new launch. It is the perfect symbol of strength and personal growth, and I can’t wait to wear it at each class and see where my new Les Mills and Body Pump fitness road takes me.
Wish me luck at the launch tonight!
Do you have anything that you wear or keep with you to help symbolize strength???