Monday, January 02, 2012
With the media portraying women as young and airbrushed to slimness, we are supposed to fit the mold. As a woman, you are supposed to feel guilty that you don't fit that model. The people of Hollywood should feel ashamed for disgracing women for their age or their size!
As a woman, I have faced many obstacles that were detrimental to my self-esteem and worth as a person. From day one, in my family, being a woman was being a 2nd class citizen. The men are highly valued in the family and you should bow down to them.
At the tender age of 13, I was in a boat accident with the family and my littlest brother was seated on my lap. As the role model and oldest of 4, I was supposed to be the protector. When the boat went out of control, it threw my brother off my lap at 40 mph, he hit his face on the side and fell to his death, 14 feet underwater. My parents blamed me for that loss and I myself almost drown being thrown and another of my brother's landed on my head. I am lucky to be alive but the emotional pain of the tragedy is pretty bad.
At home, I was called "pork chop" and every holiday I was berated by my Great Aunt that I had "gained" weight every year. I was not safe at home, nor at school. When I went to school, the kids called me fat names and picked on me until I didn't want to go to school anymore.
When someone defines you, how do they tell your worth? I wish it was by the survivor spirit. I have survived multiples tragedies and many people have pegged me as "worthless".
Despite everything, I know my "worth" is far beyond what anyone may realize. Although my husband does understand and value me much more than anybody else.
The world would be a far better place to live if we could accept each other for our differences. Just by looking at someone, we cannot know a person's worth. The totatily of their personality, their beauty inside and out and their experience is their "worth".
Thursday, December 22, 2011
I spent 33 days battling the same 2 lbs despite eating according to plan but I had a lack of exercise. I would lose the 2 lbs and climb back up to it again. I had 2 hours of dance a week but was lacking exercise.
Although mentally I was disappointed, I know that my Nutrition program works and I just had to keep doing it.
My husband just purchased an early Birthday gift of weights and an exercise ball. Much to my chagrin, I have lost 4 lbs in 3 days-I did 2 nights with him of using the equipment and the weight is falling off!
It is important to remember that sometimes our bodies don't want to cooperate even though we are doing the right thing for it. Persistence and knowing that a program works is what gets you through those plateaus!
Exercising regularly has really made me feel well again and I am so happy to be on my way to dropping the last 55 lbs! 98 lbs gone and I amaze myself at what I can do everyday!
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.
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