Michelle Albino
(@belleoftheball608)

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Zumba fitness lover, curly girl, Catholic, ? mama, wife, PCOS warrior, miscarriage survivor, ?mama, extroverted introvert, lover of life!

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My body is the home of my soul during my time here on Earth. No matter how the outside looks the soul dwelling within remains the same. Every day I come to appreciate this body of mine more and more. It houses my very essence, it works 24/7 to keep me alive, it allows me to dance and sing and play, it allows me to hold those who mean the most to me, it has survived two near death moments...it has survived all my negative talk and hateful actions toward it and loved me and protected me just the same. Bodies are wonderous things. No matter what I have been told by the world around me about what an "ideal body" should look like.... I now believe that the ideal body is the one I have now and the one I have every moment going forward. This is me and I am grateful for this big, soft, curvy, strong, and powerful body. #ihaveembraced #embrace #thisisme #perfectjustasiam #goddoesntmakemistakes #bodylove #bodyacceptance #bodyconfience #selflove #selfacceptance #selfconfidence #fatpositive #feelingmyself #gratefulheart #bigandbeautiful #mysoulshome #bodypositive #bodypositivity

A mostly adorable, teensy bit dorky, jaunt down memory lane. Dear Lord, I was cute! #throwbackthursday #1980sbaby #80sbaby #goshiwascute #ididntalwaysplayclarinet

Aqua Zumba instructor training was so much fun. From our amazing ZES to each and every talented and fun ZIN member there, the day was one to remember from start to finish. We all put in lots of hard work but also found ample time for fun and laughter. Ahh, the magic of Zumba fitness. 😊 I'm super excited to be a part of the blue team! #aquazumba #zumbafitness #zumba #zumbafamily #blueteam #newbieaquazumbainstructor #poolparty #plussizezumbainstructor #plussizezinmember #iamzin #plussizefitness #joyfulmovement #haes #healthateverysize #everybodydancefitness

Soooo....I did a thing. Because I'm a unicorn. And also because I'm a grown ass woman and I do what I want. 😉😘 But seriously, if you need unicorn hair, too, go see Victoria @be_inspired_salon - you won't be sorry!! #unicornhair #pulpriot #beinspiredsalon #bluepurplemagenta #galaxyhair #moremagentanexttime #curlyhair #naturallycurly #curlyunicornhair #fantasyhaircolor #grownasswoman

Nothing makes me feel as free or as much myself as dance. Zumba, samba, ballet... basically any dance class I've ever taken sets my soul free for that time that I'm there. I often wonder what my love of dance would look like if I had been allowed to take dance classes as a child. Would I still be in love? Would I have moved on? I'll never know, but I am grateful for the opportunity to make up for lost time now that I'm all grown up. 😁 #dance #adultdancer #adultballet #adultballetdancer #adultballetbeginner #samba #salsa #zumba #zumbafitness #passista #joyfulmovement #plussizedancer #plussizesambaqueen #plussizezumbainstructor #dancingismyhappyplace #danceisforeverybody #breakthestereotype #haes #healthateverysize

Behold...the dragon fruit. The oddest looking, most beautifully colored, and by far the most expensive single piece of fruit I have ever purchased. I sure hope it tastes good!! #expandingmypalate #dragonfruit #tryingnewthings #eightbucksforthis

ZIN jam sessions with this guy....Carlos Henriquez....make. me. SO. happy!! I think this photo shows that pretty clearly. 😉 Between today's jam and the masterclass on Friday, this weekend felt a little like coming home to myself. To be able to do what I love with people who I truly enjoy and to learn from such a wonderful teacher and genuinely nice, good person...it was exactly what I needed. I have had my share of rough patches and dark thoughts as of late, and this weekend helped me feel more bright and shiny. So, if you were there...thank you for sharing your positive energy with me. I really, really needed it. Best weekend in awhile.😘 #zumba #zumbafitness #zumbawisconsin #zumbacommunity #zinjamsession #zjcarloshenriquez #elbachatu #myfavoritezj #iamzin #plussizezumbainstructor #plussizefitness #biggirlsdancetoo #dancingismyhappyplace #healthateverysize #haes #joyfulmovement #bachatera #salsera #passista #plussizepassista

It's ZIN jam session day! Ready to learn 4 new choreos with Carlos. Must remember to take it a little easy so I don't mess up my knee again. 😊 But that is easier said than done. Then next weekend is Aqua Zumba instructor training! Whaaaat!!! Exciting times, I tell ya! 😄 #zumba #zumbafitness #zumbawisconsin #zumbacommunity #iamzin #zinjamsession #plussizezumbainstructor #plussizedancer #iamadancer #biggirlsdancetoo #dancingismyhappyplace #aquazumbainstructortobe #aquazumba

My best side! 😄 My favorite part of this picture is not my amazing bum, but that even from this angle you can see the smile on my face and you know without a doubt that I'm having an amazing time. Thank you @zjbachata for an amazing masterclass. See you at the jam session on Sunday! #zumba #zumbafitness #iamzin #zumbacommunity #zumbamasterclass #iamadancer #plussizezumbainstructor #plussizedancer #mybestside #dancingismyhappyplace

But first let me take a selfie... Ready to head to Beloit for a Zumba masterclass! Let's do this thang! #zumba #zumbafitness #zumbawisconsin #zumbacommunity #iamzin #plussizezumbainstructor #plussizedancer #joyfulmovement #haes #healthateverysize #letsdothis

Happy Ash Wednesday doesn't feel quite right, but.....happy Ash Wednesday, anyway? ☺ Wishing you a fruitful Lenten season. May you (and I!) grow closer to Him over these next 40 days. "Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return." #ashtag #ashwednesday #catholic #lent #dioceseofmadison #romancatholic #sacramental #ashwednesdaymass

My fur kids have the cutest faces. And those pointy ears make me smile. 😍😍😍 #dogsofinstagram #dogsofmadison #furbabies #furkids #pointyears #rescuedismyfavoritebreed #chihuahuasofinstagram #chihuahua #mixedbreed #brindle #myboys #mybffs

Expanding my tool kit. Exploring what is sure to be a welcome addition to my current workplace role, and perhaps the start of a journey to another role. One day. ☺ For now, I just want to be able to use the Spanish skills I already have, enhance them, and be able to connect with the Spanish speaking patients I encounter during my work day. Makes my heart happy to be able to help them and put them at ease. 😊 #sortakindabilingual #workingonmyspanish #spanish #medicalspanish #learningmedicalspanish #selfstudy #expandingmytoolkit #valuableemployee #helpingothersmakesmehappy #remarkablehealthcare #uwhealth #buddinghealthcareinterpreter #maybeoneday #findingmygiftsandgivingthemaway #icanmakeadifference

Fitness instructor friends... Please read this with an open heart and mind. #repost @carolynviggh (@get_repost) ・・・ You might find it challenging if you’ve never critically looked at your language and “motivational” phrases while teaching, (especially if you’ve been working in traditional fitness settings for a while) but trust me, it’s possible. I do it every day! • As fitness professionals, it is our responsibility to make our classes safe places for all participants. The problem with using language that glorifies weight loss, reinforces diet culture’s hierarchy of bodies, and shames people for how they look and what they eat, is that this creates a very UNSAFE environment by contributing to body shame, weight stigma, and disordered behaviors. • It is #nedaweek (National Eating Disorders Awareness Week) a week dedicated to bringing awareness to eating disorders. I bring this up because, despite what is most represented in the media, you cannot tell who does or does not suffer from disordered eating based on the way they look. You don’t know who in your classes may be struggling. Who may be trying to recover. Who may be on the verge of falling into dangerous behaviors. You don’t who you may be seriously endangering with language that glorifies weight loss, thinness, and dieting. • I urge to start paying more attention to what you say in class. Do you need to make a joke about burning off the weekend’s cocktails? Or could you say something else instead? Are comments about burning belly fat necessary for your class to be effective? Or could you leave it out? • Body positivity in fitness is important and little changes in language can go a long way in making fitness environments more welcoming, safe, and effective for everyone. • • • • • #bodypositivefitness #bodyshaming #bodyshame #weightstigma #fatshaming #nedawareness #neda #smashthescale #ditchthediet #thinprivilege #groupfitness #fitnessprofessional #groupexercise #groupfitnessinstructor #spinclass #barre #yoga #bodypump #zumba #bootcampworkout #hiit #cardiokickboxing #pilates #polefitness #bodycombat

Another couple photos of my favorite night of the year so far. A night to remember for sure. 😄😍💃I can't wait to be an old woman telling everyone about this night and showing them all the pictures over and over again. Hehehe.😆 Who knows, maybe by the time I'm old enough for that, there will be more than just one night like this to remember... I hope so! #samba #sambanopé #sambanope #riosamba #carnaval #carnavalkickoff #esquentafolia #otimobraziliandance #otimodance #otimoworkshopdancetroupe #beginnersamba #beginnerpassista #plussizepassista #plussizesambaqueen #plussizesambista #plussizedancer #iamadancer #biggirlsdancetoo #shakeyshakey #itsallaboutthebooty #sequinsandfeathers #c19

Ótimo Dance Workshop Troupe, Carnaval 2019! Proud to be part of this group. Happy to be accepted into a group of such fun, kind, and welcoming women. Honestly, I have dreamed about getting to be on stage with this group for a long time. "One of the girls in sequins and feathers," I always used to say. I always used to count myself out and tell myself that I could never do it, that it wasn't meant for me to do because of my body. "No one wants to see that" I would tell myself. But because of Bri and the other fabulous women in this group I felt welcome, wanted, and like I do indeed belong. As a plus size woman who loves to dance that means the world. More than I can express. I hope to be able to do this again next Carnaval. Until then, I'll keep on practicing Samba and feeling the joy it brings me. #samba #sambanopé #sambanope #riosamba #esquentafolia #carnavalkickoff #carnaval #c19 #plussizepassista #plussizesambaqueen #plussizesambista #plussizedancer #biggirlsdancetoo #feelingwelcomeiseverything #myheartishappy #domoreofwhatmakesyouhappy #neverstopdancing #proudofmyself

If you weren't there tonight, you missed out!!! Such a good time dancing Samba with my Samba workshop ladies. We did it! You are all awesome. ❤ You! I can hardly wait until we dance together again. And major love to my real MVPs tonight; Oscar, my dad and his girlfriend Susan, Angie, Becca, and Kristin, for coming out to support. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I hope you had a fun evening! 😘 I hope to have more photos to share soon! #samba #sambanopé #sambanope #plussizepassista #plussizesambaqueen #biggirlsdancetoo #otimoworkshopdancetroupe #otimobraziliandance #carnaval #carnavalkickoff #esquentafolia