Up for the Challenge!

My name is Laura and I’ve been coming to Dancers Shape for almost 3 years. I love the studio, instructors and workout so much that I can’t imagine not having it in my routine. Right now I usually come to one or two classes a week but I think it’s about time to step it up. I’m taking part in the Holiday Challenge (12 classes in December) and then I’m also going to do the New Year’s Challenge in January (They will have details soon, so keep your eyes out on Facebook). Dancers Shape has asked me to share my experiences on the blog.

I’ve always been pretty active and enjoyed exercise but now that I’m reaching the end of my 20′s I’m really starting to see a need to step it up. Evidently I can’t eat whatever I want and exercise a couple of days a week without gaining some unwanted weight. Lately I’ve noticed my jeans fitting tighter and I just don’t feel like my usual self... not to mention the higher number on the scale! It’s time for me to adjust my lifestyle so I can feel great. My plan is to complete the Dancers Shape challenges and watch what I eat for the next two months and see how I look and feel after that. This challenge is particularly hard over the holidays. I really like to cook, eat and explore Austin’s food scene. Trying new restaurants and recipes is one of my biggest passions. I don’t plan on giving up on that passion but I need to get it under control and learn some new healthier recipes. I am really motivated so I am hopeful that I can avoid the heavy appetizers & extra cocktails that usually tempt me this time for year.

Currently for exercise I run about twice a week and go to a Shape or Advanced Shape class once or twice a week. During this challenge I’ll step up the Dancers Shape classes and continue to run 2 or 3 times a week. Right now I eat basically whatever I want and on the challenge I will be aiming for clean eating with a daily calorie max.

Here are my goals:

  • Complete at least 12 DS classes in December
  • Complete at least 16 DS classes in January
  • Eat lean, green & clean as much as possible and stick to my calorie goal. Limit alcohol to 3 drinks a week.
  • Begin the process of losing some inches and weight (ultimately 2 inches from my waist and eventually 20 lbs). That is a lot in 2 months so we’ll see how far I can get!

I’m looking forward to this challenge and I am going to be chronicling my journey here on the blog and on their Facebook page. I encourage you to follow along with me! I’ll be using the hashtag #DancersShapeChallenge and encourage you to use it as well! Knowing the Dancers Shape community is supporting me will be an extra source of motivation when the Christmas cookies appear.

Note: I am not a doctor or a dietician and this is only a plan for me. If you’re thinking of beginning a new exercise or diet plan, check with a doctor first to get some guidelines on what will work best for you and your goals.


About the Author

Laura Furr is an Austinite who enjoys fitness, food & fashion. She graduated from the University of Texas Advertising Master’s program and works as a consultant. She loves cooking, exploring Austin & her boxer dog Rufus. She posts about her adventures on her blog