Tuesday, June 21, 2011
It's no secret that I love Zumba. So when I decided to recommit to getting healthier, that was the one form of exercise that appealed to me. I used to do quite a bit of walking, but I just can't seem to get out the door and do it.
Same goes for swimming--it is just too hot to do much more than just splash a little in the pool.
When I started doing Zumba 2 years ago, it was offered in just a few places. I chose to do it at the YWCA and pretty much stayed there faithfully. At one point I ventured to the YMCA for variety. Well NOW there are Zumba places EVERYWHERE!! What's a Zumba-girl to do?? Try them ALL out, that's what!
I went to Brick House Cardio and took a few classes. They are great and I knew a lot of the people there. They offered to let me join for $35 a month AFTER the one time fee of $33 OR I could pay the $5 as I go. All they offer there is a Zumba class each day. I decided I could get a YWCA membership for the same price and could have more variety. So I went to the YWCA and told them I was looking at Brickhouse Cardio and they IMMEDIATELY gave me a week's free trial. Woo-Hoo!
In the meantime, a local community center was offering a four-week session (twice a week) for $20. That's $2.50 a class. I was intrigued. So I showed up for class one night and because of where it is located, most of the Zumba-ers were beautiful, athletic, black women. Good Lord could they ever "shake it!" My everything got sore, but I was a good sport and I shook just as hard as I could. Tonight I signed the official papers to go to 7 more classes this month.
I am just amazed at the amount of variety that is offered in the classes. It's fun to do 3 different routines to one song. It keeps me interested and it keeps me moving. Enough said.
My blood sugar is coming back down to where it should be. I am sooooooooo glad. I've been taking my medicine faithfully and the exercising is helping, too. I was already eating lo-carb and lo-sugar.
I love the way I feel. I love that I am finding ways to carve "me" time. My parents agree that I should really fight this fight with EVERYTHING that is in me. They are cheering me on and I LOVE that!