DeAnna Dimmitt Mind Body Fitness

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Fall off the wagon?

Let me give you a hand up.

So, let me guess; you finally got it together to exercise. You had a good thing going, were starting to see results and then you got sick, busy, depressed, etc., let the whole thing go and now you’re discouraged and mad at yourself?  Yep, I’ve been there.

I began my journey into fitness almost ten years ago.  I’ve fallen off the wagon many times. The good news is that I’ve learned some things along the way.

The solution is very simple and it’s all to do with your thinking.

When you beat yourself up and indulge in negative thinking, you push your goal farther away, so don’t do it.  Don’t tell yourself that you’re a failure and don’t listen to your own excuses.  If you hear your brain saying things like “I’m tired, I’m sick, I’m busy, this workout is too hard”, take control of the situation and tell those voices to shut up.  I’m serious, tell that naysayer to put a lid on it.  That voice is fear and what it’s really saying is “if you don’t try,  no one will see you fail”.  That is probably the single most damaging thing you could say to yourself.

What to do instead? Get up off that couch, change into your workout clothes and start again.  It doesn’t matter if you have to go a little slower, lift a little less, not push quite as hard as you once did.  What matters is that you get up and do the workout.  When it’s over, pat yourself on the back.  Learn to be your own source of positive reinforcement.

Let’s not over complicate things.  It really is that simple.


Now Available For Private Instruction

Good news!

I am expanding my teaching schedule to include availability for one-on-one PiYo instruction on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Contact me to find a time that fits your schedule! (see Contact page at top)

Rates for private instruction:

$25 per one hour session

$90 for 4 one hour sessions

Private sessions will be held at:

5100 Juan Tabo Blvd NE

Suite 100

Albuquerque, NM 87111

*please note – these sessions are available by appointment only.

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How I Fixed My Skin

This post has nothing to do with PiYo or fitness but has everything to do with self esteem, so therefore I deem it applicable to this blog.

I am 36 years old. My skin is stuck in 7th grade and I’ve always been extremely self conscious about it. You know how it is; you’ve got something important to do, like anything that involves leaving the house, but you want to stay in and hide because of the disastrous surprise that appeared on your face during the night. Yeah, it’s like that.

Acne sucks. It sucks during adolescence and it sucks even worse when it’s accompanied by crow’s feet and grey hair.

Before you say “Why didn’t you go to a dermatologist?” Let me say “Don’t even go there.” I’ve been to many dermatologists. I’ve listened to them, did what they said, suffered through their “treatments” and ended up where? Right in the exact same place, and sometimes in even worse condition than when I started. They would always defend themselves by saying “Well, everyone’s skin is different, we never know what is going to work on who, blah blah blah. Then they would would write me another prescription, take my money and send me on my way. If even one of them had produced any real results, I wouldn’t be writing this.

I don’t want to bore you with 25 years of sad stories so I’ll just cut to the chase. I found something, or rather a combination of things, that worked. In my world, that’s a BIG DEAL.

It’s a somewhat complicated and expensive regimen but, compared to the thousands of dollars I’ve wasted on ineffective products, I’m more than happy to cough up the dough. I know some of you will understand exactly what I mean.

Here it is:


Cleanser Dermalogicia Special Cleansing Gel (no, some other, cheaper brand is not an acceptable substitute)

Toner T.N. Dickenson’s Witch Hazel (other brand probably fine so long as it contains no more than 14% alcohol. Some people complain of the smell, I say get over it)

Treatment Proactiv Step 3 Repairing Lotion with 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide (other brand, like Acne Free, ok? NO)

Moisturizer Proactiv Sheer Tint Moisture Spf 15 (if you don’t like the tint, could also use Proactive Oil Free Moisture Spf 15 but, if you need more camouflage, go for the tint!)

Additional Cover/Make up I’ve been using Physician’s Formula Talc Free Mineral Wear Powder, Extra Sensitive For Breakout Prone Skin (if you are using any makeup that contains talc, I don’t care how much it cost, bag it up and throw it out.)


(similar to morning but with a few changes)

Cleanser Dermalogicia Special Cleansing Gel

Toner – alternating nights- Dermalogicia Daily Resurfacer every other night and Witch Hazel on the off nights

Treatment – Proactiv Step 3 Repairing Lotion with 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide

Moisturizer – Dermalogicia Active Moist

Eye Care – Dermalogicia Age Reversal Eye Complex

That’s it, rinse and repeat, religiously, every day. It doesn’t work over night, nothing works over night. It works by virtue of calming inflammation, killing Propionibacterium bacteria, gentle exfoliation and by not clogging pores. Skin takes time to heal and to change. You may still have flair ups along the way, but don’t get discouraged and stop. Consistency is the key to success.

Three other important tips:

#1 Don’t touch your face except to wash it. Every time you touch your face, in any capacity, you are spreading some kind of cooties on it.

#2 Change your pillow case frequently because, unless you sleep sitting up, that bacteria laden piece of cloth touches your face all night long.

#3 Don’t slack off when you start to see results. When your skin clears up, that doesn’t mean you’re cured, it means the regimen is working. If you stop or slack off, even for a couple of days, you could lose weeks worth of progress in a very short time.

While it’s true that everyone’s skin is different and responds differently to any given product, I would consider my case to be particularly stubborn and difficult. I’ve stumped many a dermatologist, even frustrating one to the point that she threw her hands up and said “Well, I don’t know what to tell you then.” Needless to say, I sat in my car and cried after that visit and never went back to her again. ( I also told everyone that the degree on her wall was actually a certificate of authentication for a 1982 Western Barbie, but that’s another story)

This regimen is working for me. For the first time in my adult life, I feel good about the appearance of my skin and I want to pay it forward to anyone out there who is going through the same thing.

If a dermatologist has ever made you cry, I feel your pain and I hope this works for you.

20120124-135959.jpgself portrait with iPhone: No makeup, no retouching

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Working Out In The Zone: The Mind/Body Connection

I think most of us, when we hear the phrase “mind/body workout”,  conjure up a mental image of yoga mats in a room with dim lights, soft music and maybe some chanting.  Nothing wrong with that, of course, unless you’re looking for a more dynamic adventure.

So, are there other types of mind/body workouts?  The answer is: yes, any workout that you bring your full attention to, and perform with specific intention, becomes a mind/body workout.  An impressive thing happens when you not only pay attention to what you’re doing but also do it with a goal in mind; the workout becomes effective and you achieve results.

I remember a recent conversation I had with someone who told me their fitness regime consisted of walking on a treadmill while reading a book.  I was like, “did you say reading a book?”  I suppose walking and reading does burn more calories than sitting on the couch. I have to wonder, though, what could I realistically expect to accomplish with a workout that I was not mentally present for?  Let’s draw a broad parallel; have you ever accomplished anything by not paying attention and half heatedly going through the motions?

If I could offer one tip to ensure success in achieving fitness goals,  it is to be present in the moment.  When you’re working out, clear your mind of all the clutter. Don’t think about everything you have to do, pay attention to what you are doing. Make your workout a meditation on self empowerment.  It doesn’t matter if you lift weights, run, jump around in a salsa aerobics class, or do PiYo; all of these activities are an opportunity to tune in,  pay attention to being in your body and to get in touch with your whole being.

The rest of your life will still be there when the workout is over so don’t phone it in, bring your A-game to the mat.