Sunday, November 06, 2011
In August 2010 I started Zumba class at a gym and met one of the best Zumba instructors this world has to offer. Not only is she good at teaching Zumba, her story is an inspiration to many. She is a Zumba Instructor, a Project Manager, a mother of 4, a wife and a Breast Cancer survivor. She was almost 100 lbs lighter when I met her and what a fighter! Her enthusiasm for Zumba helped me through 11 months of painful dancing.
I enjoyed every session of Zumba in 11 months, even though it is a hard workout it is so much fun. When you have an instructor that is so passionate about teaching and has an amazing story, it is so encouraging. I lost a significant amount of weight through doing Zumba and gained a lot of confidence.
When I moved to my new house, I started taking Social Dancing in town. I have lost quite a bit of weight doing that and I am enjoying it. I like the Social Dancing because my husband is learning with me and we practice together. I love to dance and it brings the passion to my fitness.
Dancing keeps me exercising because I have a passion for it.
Friday, October 21, 2011
From Personal Trainers to Counselors to a Weight Loss Center to a Chiropractor and a Physical Therapist, I have acquired a lot of knowledge to be well. The first thing of importance is that sometimes we have to do things we don't want to do to be healthy. Eating vegetables and going to the gym are 2 examples of things I sometimes don't want to do but I do them to be healthy. I have made the choice to eat in portions and eat the food my body requires from each food group. I choose to workout even when I am dog tired or just don't feel like it.
Some tips from the Weight Loss Center are:
Never go grocery shopping on an empty stomach, you will buy the store out!
Eat something small every 2 hours to stave off hunger.
Drink 64 ounces of water a day to flush toxins out of your system.
Don't eat out of containers, take your portion and put the package away.
Keep a journal of food and exercise to be aware of what you do.
Plan what you will eat to avoid eating more than you should.
When you feel hungry, decide if it is an emotion causing the feeling or actual hunger. Take a walk instead to see if the hunger goes away
Be aware of people trying to sabotage your effort. Be strong and make the choice to follow your plan.
Don't pick at leftovers from other people, eat your portion and call it good.
With fitness, doing something you enjoy is the key to staying with it. Sometimes the exercise you enjoy can be fun and difficult too. I enjoy Zumba and it is a great workout but not easy. No matter how you feel, doing the workout is going to make you feel better. Either you feel good about doing the workout or you feel good physically and emotionally, maybe both! Postioning yourself to do the workout is half the battle.
From the Nutrition aspect, your self control and monitoring is really what will keep you on track. If you find yourself veering, the quicker you pull yourself back determines how much damage will be done. Once you start eating too many calories or not exercising, don't continue on that path. Having a food scale to measure meat and cheese is essential to know exactly what you are having for calories. A measuring cup is good for liquids and dry foods such as cereal. Knowing how much your body needs is essential to obtain weight loss.
Emotional Eating is one of those tricky things that you have to be aware of in order to stop it. If you are feeling an emotion you can't deal with and you go for a doughnut, which makes you feel better, you have some thinking to do and some skills to obtain. Coping with problems takes skills that don't involve eating.
The power we all hold is immeasurable and is grossly understimated. We are so afraid of failure that our true power can be masked. Believe in yourself when you set out to do something and the worst tragedy is to give up on yourself.
Use nutrition and fitness as tools to stay healthy and maintain your body. You are worth it.
Get An Email Alert Each Time MANILUS Posts