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Member Spotlight Kim Sharpe Jones

 

Kim Sharpe Jones is making big strides in her fitness mission. Learn what keeps her motivated and inspired for success!

Q: What’s your occupation and what are your  hobbies?
A:  Real Estate Marketing / hiking, reading, travel, working out
Q: How do you manage to fit it all into your day?
A: I’m lucky to work from home – saving that commute time is huge!
Q: What are your fitness goals?
A:  I’m almost 49. My goal is to be in the best shape possible by the time I hit 50 next summer. I tend to get tendonitis and similar injuries, so my goal is to stave those off by listening to my body, and taking care of it with massage, acupuncture and rest as needed.
Q: What keeps you motivated?
A: Fitting into my clothes. Making it up the trail.
Q: What motivated you to stick to your new fitness routine?
A:  I’m very motivated by my current goals, but also by my husband who is on this fitness journey with me. He has lost nearly 100 pounds by working out and eating better.
Q: What do you eat to fuel for your workouts?
A:  Before working out in the morning, I have a Garden of Life vegan protein shake. It has just enough boost to get me going, but it doesn’t fill me up. Then after working out, I have a kale smoothie (kale, coconut water, frozen blueberries, banana, peanut butter and coconut oil).
Q: Where are you in achieving your fitness goals?
A:  I’ve lost 40 pounds in the past few years, and I’m keeping that off. I’d like to lose another 15 pounds in the next year.
Q: You’ve been with DancePowered on and off for 6 years now (did you realize that?) What is it that you like about the class?
A:  that’s crazy!  I love the constant challenge of the choreography. I never look at the clock during class, except to think that I wish we had time for a couple more songs. 😀  I love when the adrenaline kicks in mid-way through class and we really get moving.
I also love the music. I don’t listen to much mainstream pop at home (I’m a KEXP listener), so I’m not familiar with the songs we dance to, but when I hear them out and about, l I feel at least a little hip. Like a couple weeks ago, I recognized the walk-up music for one of the Mariners batters. My nephew had to tell me that it was Kendrick Lamar, but hey, I knew the song anyway. (And the moves.)
Q: How has dancing helped you in other areas in your life?
A:  I have better moves when it’s time to hit the floor at weddings.
JC: That’s what I love to hear!
Q: What’s your guiltiest food pleasure?
A:  Way too much Theo Chocolate. I have to have a little bit (sometimes too much) every day!
Q: What other fitness activities?
A:  I really mix it up!  I do small group personal training twice a week at Anytime Fitness. I take other dance classes around town. I go for walks in the neighborhood, and now that it’s summertime I go for a hike every weekend.
Q: What would people find surprising about you?
A:   I’m a cancer survivor. I had non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2008, so I’m nearly 10 years cancer free!
JC: YOU’RE AMAZING!
A:Also, my husband runs the Washington Beer Blog and we love beer travel. It’s one of the reasons we started dating – we met over beer.
Q: Beyonce’s alter ego is Sasha Fierce. Who is your dancing alter ego?
A:   well YOU are of course, Jennifer! 😀
JC: LOL!!!! LOVE IT!
Q: What does your spouse think about your dancing?
A:  He loves that it makes me happy.
Q: What or where is your happy place?
A:  In the middle of a hike, at the top of a mountain on a sunny day in August. One of my faves: Third Burroughs at Mt Rainier.

DayBreaker 90’s Throwback

I just led the most amazing crowd if only for a few minutes at a 90’s Throwback event produce by the fabulous DayBreaker. I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into, but what it was, was SUPER positive, supportive, FUN, sweaty, LIT and I hope to get back to it again!

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I had a dancer from class join me to help lead the crowd, and though it was a bit of a rocky transition when the music came on, we rocked on like champions!

Later, the mc asked me to join him in a freestyle to Poison (Bel Biv Devoe), and I was just a bit nervous to do so, because suddenly it was just the 2 of us on stage! An unrehearsed performance/freestyle, which has never been my strong suit, and in front of a crowd I did not know, to a song I hadn’t listened to for a while!

All ended well, and the crowd ate us up! I am really hoping for some video footage, and double hoping it looks good!

I gave up 2 classes to be at this event. Something I will rarely do. I happen to have amazing subs, so I was confident to leave my students in their capable hands. It’s important to get the DancePowered name out there, to get the style, the vibe, the energy of the kind of class it is out to as many people as possible. I’m glad I did it. It’s good to get out of your box every now and then. I do not regret it whatsoever!

It’s amazing to see dance continue to blossom in the states, and to have become even more accessible to people who may not dance if it weren’t for dance fitness, Zumba, or DayBreaker’s availability.

This was just one of those experiences that made me realize that dance continues to bring me opportunities, growth, strength, joy, community, power, and confidence. I am so grateful that I overcame my insecurities and fear of failing in front of other people, and pushed myself to become a dancer. It has not failed me.

Class Led

Thanks all who came out to help with our class led DancePowered Sessions while I was away on vacation! I’ve heard the most positive feedback about you all!

My pay for those two evenings was donated to both the Humane Society and to the ASPCA!

Thank you again for helping keep the energy going in my absence!

Flourless Breakfast Cookies

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MMMMM.MMMM.MMMM.

This is a recipe I actually found on YouTube from Whole Foods. They are listed as Coconut Breakfast Cookies. However, they really don’t taste much like coconut! Regardless….I love these cookies. I made a few modifications to the original list of ingredients, and cooked them a bit longer so I could feel as though I’m eating a crispier cookie.

2 small bananas

1/4 c melted coconut oil

1 c quick rolled oats (Or thick oats, experiment here!)

1/3 c finely chopped walmuts

1/3 c coconut shavings

2 tbsp chia seeds

*2 tbsp vanilla protein powder

Handful of blueberries (and or raspberries)

Parchment Paper

Your favorite mini cake plate ; )
Mine is from hand made here in Seattle by my pal Tracy Mintz.

Mash your bananas in your favorite mixing bowl.
Pour in your melted coconut oil
Mash together with a potato masher.

Mix in the rest of the ingredients.

Divide the dough into 12 balls
Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
Flatten each cookie down with the bottom of a glass or your hand
Bake at 325/350 for 20-30 minutes (to your taste)

* I accidentally omitted the vanilla protein powder the first time around, and really enjoyed the cookies. I thought they were short of sweetness, but still really good! When I made the cookies a second time, I added protein powder. The smell of the powder really turned me off, so I only used 1 tbsp. That actually seemed too sweet to me. The third time, I used perhaps 1 tsp., and added blueberries and raspberries. This was the perfect combo for my taste.

I sadly have to take a time out from these for now as I’ve moved on to a Whole 30 moment my life. But I’m thinking about these little treats ; )
Let me know how they turn out for you should you decide to try them out!

Be Bold!

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What a great reminder! I ran across this gem in a sea of images on pinterest and it really resonated with me. I have lived very boldly in some ways, and played it safe in others, and as the years keep ticking by, I want to make sure I’m not being held back by fear when it come to trying new things, or letting old things go. I hope the same for all of you out there!

 

Fueling your morning workouts

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I often hear my students talking about skipping breakfast and not having enough fuel for morning classes. I can’t even imagine skipping a breakfast! It’s something I made a habit of in my mid 20’s when my fitness life began. Among other things, starting with a breakfast helped me “get in the game” for the day in terms of weight management and health goals. Pictured in this post is something I eat when I have a little more time to spend before classes, or on any given morning. Banana, Blueberries, Chia Seeds, Coconut Shavings, Walnuts, a spoonful of Almond Butter and a drizzle of Honey. MMMMM. I love this with hot black coffee or herbal tea.

While eating breakfast has many, many benefits, as a dance fitness instructor, I need to make sure I have the energy to lead intense dance fitness classes in the morning.  I try to keep it as simple as I can, as I tend to sleep for as long as possible before dragging myself out of bed. I found this awesome article, breaking down the different types of breakfasts you might enjoy depending on the time and type of workout you’re doing.

For my morning workout days,  it’s a banana and a spoonful of nut butter, or a protein shake and a banana, about 20-30 minutes before class. I would almost consider this more of a snack, but it gets me through class #1, without that “too full to workout” feeling. Without my breakfast, there is no way I’d be able to physically or mentally make it through leading a high intensity cardio class such as DancePowered. 

I’m also experimenting with the Whole30 diet, which excludes grains, added sugars and suggests limiting fruit intake. I’ll be posting a few of those breakfasts and meals in general in the upcoming weeks.

So you non-breakfast eaters! I hope you can find some inspiration in this post to help you get your day started right!

I’d love to hear your favorite breakfast? It can be healthful or not….I love hearing about all food experiences!

 

Event Clip

We’re mid-Fall and I’m longing for those lovely, sunny July days and reminiscing about my favorite event, the West Seattle SummerFest! So I went looking through some of the footage one of my students took and am posting it here for you to see : )

We’re lucky enough to be a part on Sunday mornings, dancing in the streets at the main stage while passersby gather and watch us dance.

It’s the BEST feeling to watch people light up in appreciation as they watch us! All the dances are what we do in our classes. There’s no practice. I often see people I haven’t seen in months show up just to join in at the street fair.

It’s also a merge between the two studios I teach at. Community Fitness, and Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. I love how happy everyone looks!

Can’t wait for next year! Maybe you’ll join us!