Dave and Cathy's Family Blog

May 31, 2018

May 2018 – Family Updates

Filed under: 2018 Lake Tahoe,Lilah and Luke,Mom and Dad,Uncategorized — dave9169 @ 6:55 pm

May Highlights:

Lilah Shines at Senior Awards Ceremony

Lilah confessed to me that she doesn’t like praise because it feels like bragging. So what a conundrum she found herself in when she was invited to attend the senior awards ceremony along with us. At the ceremony, we figured Lilah would be recognized for two scholarships she had won so it wouldn’t be too bad. Well, good thing the school has these ceremonies, because there we found out that Lilah had not only won the two scholarships we already knew about, but had also won two more scholarships, a top 10 scholar award, and had been selected as one of the school’s valedictorians. This meant that Lilah was repeatedly called up to the stage to receive her multiple prizes. 

April 30, 2018

April 2018 – Family Updates

Filed under: Lilah and Luke,Mom and Dad — dave9169 @ 7:30 pm

April Highlights:

Volleyball and Swim Seasons Nearing an End

Luke is Having a Great Season
For a kid who didn’t start playing volleyball until the end of last year, Luke has done remarkably well in his first season with the freshman volleyball team. In their last tournament of the year, his solid play in the middle led to some great momentum shifts for his team. Not only was he able to block or deflect shots (what middle players are expected to do), he was also able keep a few points alive with quick reflexes that kept the ball in play and gave his team a chance to score. The coach even singled out Luke’s play as being one of the keys to their success in the tournament. It was kind of cool to just sit back as a parent and hear the coach speak about Luke in glowing terms.

April 20, 2018

How a Mom Went from Being Out of Shape to a High Performing Fitness Instructor

Filed under: Mom and Dad — dave9169 @ 7:16 pm

Sports was never my game, let alone getting sweaty and dirty. The shy, unassuming girl of the past would have much rather spend an evening fine-tuning my nail polishing skills and gathering the most fashionable outfits possible.

I started in Woodland Hills with my younger sister and immigrant parents (Mom is Hungarian and Dad is Persian…they met at Los Angeles City College) with the 101 Freeway as my backyard. We moved to Agoura Hills when I was in the 4th Grade where in the new house, my dad had to keep me company for a while at night because it was too quiet with all the “wildlife” sounds of chirping birds and crickets, and the croaking frogs at night, I couldn’t sleep. I made it through high school, graduating from Agoura High, and went right to Cal State University, Northridge. I picked English Literature as my major because though I was shy in person, writing always came easy. While at CSUN, I met my husband, David, and we finished our last semester in December 1993, one month before the devastating Northridge Earthquake.

Life moved on in a whirlwind blur. World-travels (backpacking thru Europe; two trips to Chile to visit husband’s extended family; hiking and whitewater rafting down the Colorado River,), marriage in November 1994, purchasing our first-home in 1997 (that we are still in today!) and then came babies: Lilah (almost 18) and Luke (15). Life got busy and I got out of shape.

For the first time in my life, I walked into a gym.

I joined the YMCA in the Fall of 2007, as a new mom looking to lose the “baby weight” and I took small, small, barely noticeable fitness steps. It took me 9 months (!) to work up the courage to step into the cycle room. I sat in the back, like every beginner wanting to and trying to hid from the instructor šŸ˜‰ But after a few classes, I got the bug. I got it bad. This cycle thing was fantastic!! I loved how it challenged me and I felt myself getting stronger. I thrived pushing my limits and excitedly seeing that my body really was capable of doing so much more than I thought. Why was I holding back?

And this brings me to my Trainer Tip:

“Go outside your fitness comfort zone.”

The moment you stop accepting challenges

is the moment you stop moving forward.

The leap from being a Y-member to a Y-instructor was incredibly terrifying. THE most difficult thing I’ve ever done. Cycle was my first format to teach, it was a long, painful, almost-threw-in-the-towel journey. The shy, no-confidant girl was creeping up. Where was my teaching voice? What was my unique style? How do I coach to others effectively? I was far out of my comfort zone. But determined to prove this to myself. I practiced, made mistakes, more practice, more errors. I found I enjoyed the Group Fitness experience and wanted to expand my opportunities. Soon I was a certified Personal Trainer, and certified in Les Mills’ BodyPump, CXWorx, and the latest and greatest, BodyCombat.

I used to walk on the treadmill to warm up. My friend would walk by and punch up the speed to make me run and I would laughingly yell out, “I’m not a runner!” That’s what I had told myself my entire life. Why was I negatively labeling and limiting myself? So I pushed out my comfort zone again….starting running and completed 3 half marathons.

When was the last time you did something for the first time? Are you doing the same fitness routine as you were a year ago?

C’mon!! Let’s take your fitness comfort-bubble and pop it!

One of the most satisfying moments for me as an Instructor is to see that ah-ha moment, that smile, that look of accomplishment when members embrace a new, mentally and/or physically challenging fitness program and I recognize the thought they’re having:

“I canā€™t believe I just did that!”

Yes!! I get it. I understand it…because that was me as a member (and is still me now) and that, that moment is what refuels my passion for instructing: to see YOU fall in love with movement, with YOUR possibilities, with all that YOU are capable of doing.

See you in Combat!

March 31, 2018

February & March – Family Updates

Filed under: Lilah and Luke,Mom and Dad — dave9169 @ 1:46 am

Feb/March Highlights:

Touring Universities with Lilah

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
The reality of Lilah soon leaving the house to pursue university studies got a little more real this month with a visit to two of the universities she was accepted into – UC Santa Cruz and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. I managed to get us an official campus tour for San Luis Obispo and our hosts did a great job of showing us around, complete with intermissions in which they mixed in some corny jokes to keep things light and fun. The tour was an 1.5 hours and we learned a lot about the university, including the fact they have the largest recreation west of the Mississippi, a very robust agricultural studies program where you can raise chickens and other animals, and a direct connection to NASA for students in the aerospace/engineering program (thanks to a professor who started teaching there in the 50s or 60s).  

January 31, 2018

January 2018 – Family Updates

Filed under: Lilah and Luke,Mom and Dad — dave9169 @ 11:04 pm

January Highlights:

Lots of Snow Trips with a Detour into Volleyball

Last year, I think I remember our team snowboard trips being every other week, but this year the schedule has changed to pretty much every week which meant we took 4 trips to the mountains in January. We did, however, mix it up a little bit by skipping team one week and driving up to Mammoth instead to take advantage of some powder conditions. We were pumped when we heard a storm was approaching our favorite mountain, but unfortunately it only dropped about half the amount of snow originally forecast. Still, it meant we were able to test out my new all terrain tires in the snow (they did great) and get a few morning runs in the fresh powder before it all got spread out and carved up. 

December 31, 2017

December 2017 – Family Updates

Filed under: Lilah and Luke,Mom and Dad,Uncategorized — dave9169 @ 10:56 pm

December Highlights:

A Month of Gratitude

This month started out great – we celebrated my mom’s birthday, laughed at the Chris Rock concert, and I got a chance to meet up with an old friend in Ventura for lunch on the 4th while at the government center for jury duty — all positive ways to begin the month. But the morning of the 5th, that all changed as I awoke to learn about the Ventura Thomas fire and all the destruction it had caused overnight. For the next 2-3 weeks nothing would be the same.  

November 30, 2017

November 2017 – Family Updates

Filed under: Lilah and Luke,Mom and Dad,Uncategorized — dave9169 @ 6:47 pm

November Highlights:

Lilah on a Mission with College and Scholarship Applications

Lilah received her first college acceptance letter this month from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. I actually saw the envelope sitting on our kitchen counter, unopened, for several days before I finally I asked Cathy, “Is this an acceptance letter?” She said maybe, but she wasn’t sure. I was done waiting. I opened the envelope and it indeed was a congratulatory acceptance letter and card from UNLV. When I asked Lilah about it, she said she already knew about it because she received a welcome e-mail about two weeks ago.


October 31, 2017

October 2017 – Family Update

Filed under: Lilah and Luke,Mom and Dad,Uncategorized — dave9169 @ 2:23 am

October Highlights:

One More Race Before Officially Calling it a Season

There’s a place my dad and I like to go to for breakfast called “Black Cow Cafe,” in the city of Montrose. Normally, it’s a spot we go to after I race in one of the Bonelli Park triathlon series events. Problem was, I hadn’t done any of those races this year. I decided we needed to fix that, so I entered the last race of the season in mid October.


September 30, 2017

September 2017 – Family Update

Filed under: Lilah and Luke,Mom and Dad — dave9169 @ 10:33 pm

September Highlights:

Birthday Surf Trip with Ryan

For the third year in a row, I drove up to the central coast to surf with Ryan. This time, however, I brought a special guest, Luke, who decided to join us with his boogie board. We drove up the night before and had s’mores with Ryan and his family before getting some sleep for the next morning’s paddle out at MontaƱa De Oro.  


August 31, 2017

August 2017 – Family Updates

Filed under: 2017 Hawaii,Lilah and Luke,Mom and Dad — dave9169 @ 12:09 am

August Highlights:

We Take a Trip to the Big Island of Hawaii

Compared to the rest of it’s brethren, the Big Island lives up to its name. You could take all the other islands in the chain, put them inside of the big island and there would still be plenty of room to spare. After doing a little research, my triathlete coach, Scott, convinced me we should stay at theNa Hale O Keauhou condo complex off of Alii Drive, in the town of Kona.  Initially, I had booked a VRBO place that was right on the beach, but the one drawback to that place was no that it did not have air conditioning. Scott assured me that after being out in the heat of the day, AC is a luxury well worth paying for.  


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