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I am a 39 yr. old stay at home mom to 3 girls ages 10, 9 and 7. My goal is to be fit by 40! I want to lead a healthier lifestyle. I was banded on 4/5/2011. I tend to be a bit on the sarcastic and cynical side. I love to read, hate to excersise (but am learning to tolerate it!), love to shop and want to smack anyone who is a size 2 (not really!). I am learning to work with my band and my new self one day at a time!

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Zumba.............again

I remember saying Zumba was "not my thing".

I still think that is true.

But, some friends asked me to join them at a new Zumba class.  And since, I rarely say no, I agreed.  Not whole heartily.  But I did agree to go and "try" it.

So I did.

I went Monday night.  Then, I went again Tuesday night.  I had to make myself.  I gave myself a pep talk, sucked it up and went again.

And all the while, I had a huge knot in my stomach.  I couldn't tell you why I felt anxious.  But I did. 

Really, really anxious.

You see, since I had my VAD/Stroke 6 yrs. ago, my balance and coordination have never fully recovered.  It is just a fact.  I am not as coordinated as I was before.  I have to work really hard on my balance.  And it sucks.  Not being as coordinated as before.  I just sucks.  But it is.  That is the way it is now.  Period.

But, I couldn't understand why in the world I was so anxious about going to Zumba.  It isn't the psychical aspect of it.  I am in pretty good shape, if I do say so myself. 

And then, I had a lightbulb moment.

Suddenly I understood why I was so anxious.  It is because I am not as coordinated as I used to be.  And that bothers me.............a lot.

And at the same time, it makes me want to try all the more. Because I know why I am anxious.

It has fueled a fire within me that challenges me to try even harder.  To make myself learn those steps, those Zumba moves.

There is one thing I love.................a challenge.

Bring.  It.  On.

So, I WILL be doing Zumba 3 days a week.  And, I WILL learn the moves.  And, I WILL get some of my coordination back.  Even if it is just a smidge.  I WILL succeed at this.

I may not be the best Zumba student ever.  But, I WILL  master it as well as I can. 

I am on a mission now.

Challenge accepted.

5 comments:

  1. Awesome! I do Zumba almost daily, and I know I am not perfect at it, but I love the calorie burn. I have problems with my right ankle, so there are moves I can't do well, and I am not as good at balancing when it involves that ankle, but I see a tiny bit of improvement, which is a good thing.

    Good luck on your challenge!

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  2. Shake it like a Polaroid picture!!!!!

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  3. I love this as I am a ZUMBA addict, fanatic or whatever! I am not perfect but I move and I do not stop for 60 minutes and the steps get easier after it each class.

    I say keep it up and you will see your balance perhaps improve. I also will tell you that YOGA can also help tremendously with balance.

    I love how many calories I can burn by dancing verses being on a machine of any kind. It is amazing!

    All reasons you should stick with it in my opinion!

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  4. How funny that you put this particular picture under this particular entry... aside from the message on it, I mean.
    Why do I think that?
    That's the "Crow". A balancing yoga position. I love it NOW...
    Although I always liked yoga, I could never accomplish this pose. I kept telling myself that I'm too heavy for it... And that's what I firmly believed.
    But earlier this year, when I started doing "proper" yoga (not the funny one hour in a gym, but at a well established, serious(and non-profit) yoga centre this pose was part of the first week's curriculum... To my utter shock. Again: "I can never do this!".
    However, staying in a crouching position, watching everyone else to do or at least to try, I raised a challenge: I WILL do this position - I will not rest until I do! So that was my challenge: bring it on!
    And from that day I kept on trying - with each yoga practice I tried and tried and tried - and failed, but I felt good about trying.
    Then one morning, out of the blue, the tops of my toes left the mat - and there I was: In the Crow! The dreaded position concurred!
    I felt soooooo gooooood!
    And I still do, every time I do the crow. That's the highlight of my yoga practice - because I value the effort and commitment I put into accomplishing it. And because that's one more challenged completed under my belt. So I raise my glass for all and every challenge we set for ourselves: they are put in our path to help better ourselves.
    (Sorry about the lengthy comment, but reading your entry and then seeing the picture stirred up my emotions :)

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