Guest Blog: The Quarks Effect Series // Lucille Guinta-Bates

My name is Lucille and I am a 50-year-old college professor.  I’m also a dancer.  I studied ballet as a young girl and then modern and jazz dance in college but life became complicated so I took a 25-year hiatus from dance. Two years ago, I dusted off my pointe shoes and got back to work.

Healthy eating has always been important to me. During my 20s, 30s, and 40s I did remain physically active. However, during that time I dealt with some very stressful life situations and I set aside many of my healthier eating habits. My weight crept up from 140 lbs., which was my college weight, to a high of 185.  About 8 years ago I joined a health club and managed to knock off 10 lbs., but then I plateaued at 175 for a long time. Two years ago, my passion for dance reignited, and I got serious about physical conditioning.  Weight loss wasn’t my primary objective. I am a body positive person and I learned to love my self just as I looked.

I began running and training for 5Ks, drastically reducing my processed sugar and flour intake and then increasing my protein and fiber consumption.  Over about a 16 month period my weight gradually decreased, and I became stronger and stronger. I am now back to 140 lbs. I believe I’m even more physically fit than I was in college. In addition, my cholesterol and trygicerides drastically lowered.  For several years, my MD wanted me to take statins and I refused.  It turned out that a healthy lifestyle was exactly what I needed to fix my problem.

When I discovered Quarks, I found a perfect match for my new lifestyle. Quarks is tasty and very satisfying for me. It’s a perfect light dinner before an evening of dance class and rehearsal after a day of college teaching.  Once you give up fast food and junk food, healthy foods like tuna, avocado, almonds, and veggies become tasty and satisfying.  I generally prepare all my own food at home, but when I’m too busy to find that time Quarks is the perfect substitute and I am happy to have them as part of my #50andfabulous life!

If you want to come and dance with me, I teach Adult Beginning Ballet every Monday at 4:30pm at Revolver Studios. I also coordinate a community dance collective called Gotta Dance. We hold community classes on most Saturdays at StudioJeff in St. Cloud. In addition, I am performing April 28th in the Minnesota Dance Ensemble’s production of Carmen at the Paramount Theatre.  I believe that everyone has the right to dance no matter your body size, shape, age, or ability.  There is no “cut off.”  Come join us!

(Want some more of the fun, fearless, and fabulous women like the ones we’ve been featuring? Then you’ll LOVE our upcoming blog from Suzy Contusion, one of Central Minnesota’s very own Scar Dolls! Don’t miss her blog this coming Friday and their roller derby home bout on May 6th at the River’s Edge Convention Center!)