It’s Day 257 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and I’m feeling the truth of “No pain, no gain.” Though Jane Fonda first made the phrase popular when she used it during her series of aerobic workout videos filmed in the early eighties to refer to working out past the pain of muscle aches, it’s still prevalent in 2018 and definitely applies to Zumba. As an instructor, I’m intentional about modeling best practices for my class participants and frequently encourage them to “Crunch it!”, meaning their bellies. I’ve yet to have a male in my class, therefore, we Pink Collar Zumba enthusiasts are free to speak openly of our struggles. Carrying a little tummy fat, though supposedly good for warding off osteoporosis, is a common D or barrier – this one related to differences in our hormones and bodies. And I use “we” in earnest. Following my hysterectomy, I’ve developed a bit of the muffin top…So, without knowing it, I must have crunched with fervor Friday morning because I’ve been “feeling the burn” – another Jane Fondaism – ever since! Anything that requires use of my abdomen muscles kills! Even so, I’ll take it if that means positive results as in – No pain, no gain!
If you’re anything like me, you’re following at least some of the Olympics. With my love of dance, music, art, fashion, and most things creative, figure skating is my sport. As much as I enjoy ice dance, pairs, women’s and men’s figure skating, I’m equally inspired by the athletes’ stories of commitment, determination, sacrifice, and true grit. More than many of us can ever comprehend, the Olympians, and the hopefuls who didn’t make it, have lived “No pain, no gain” lives for the chance to compete on the Olympic stage. Nearly forty years later, the phrase encompass more that sports-related goals. While I wouldn’t dare suggest I’ve sacrificed as much as Olympic athletes have to make my dreams come true, I can relate to a comment an athlete once made in response to someone’s suggestion that they’d had an easy ride to the Olympics. “Dude, I haven’t watched TV in years.” That was me when I was finishing my novel. There certainly weren’t years, but there were so many weekends when my children were with their father that I came home from work Friday night and barely came up for air until Monday morning when I picked them up. It was grueling and much of regular life passed me by. Today I have a published novel. There wouldn’t be the gain – for the athletes, for me, for any of us – without the pain.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Life Coach, I’m a natural cheerleader. Encouraging others is just what I do. I’ll even take it a step further and say it’s who I am. Encouraging myself? That requires a little more effort…When I look in the mirror or try on clothes, or when the fan at Zumba blows up my shirt, I’m mortified by my belly. Where did all of that come from? I ask myself. Then I summon up my inner cheerleader and encourage myself: It came from pregnancies, some resulting in children; others in heartbreaking miscarriages. It came from a medically necessary hysterectomy after nearly twenty years of suffering. It came from living forty-eight years. It came from bearing the beautiful badge of being a woman. With that positive shift in perspective, I’m able to channel Jane and crunch it even harder: No pain, no gain!
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Swan, what’s your “No pain, no gain”? How can you encourage yourself to “crunch” on?
Be savvy & chic,
~Pink Collar Coach