Wednesday, November 28, 2012
So Monday's Zumba was AWESOME! The instructor was great. There were about 6 people who came and several students watched on the side. This was not enough people to break even to pay for the class. However, at least 10 teachers have approached me about coming next Monday and many kids said they are going to come. There has been quite a buzz around school regarding the Zumba class, so I think we are going to start to grow. If I can last through Jan with paying for it out of pocket then there should be an after-the-holidays increase and the money shouldn't be as much of an issue. Yesterday the Health and Wellness Club walked outside on the track. I am really getting to know another teacher who I hadn't spoken to much before this. She said that she was praying to God for an opportunity or activity to join so that she can lose weight and work on health issues (like diabetes and high blood sugar). She said after she prayed my email popped up in her inbox informing the staff that I was starting the Health and Wellness Club. This moved me greatly. I am not a religious person, but it was really nice to hear that at the very least my efforts are helping one person. Her energy and enthusiasm yesterday was contagious. She has come out and walked with us every day that we have gone on the track and she is going to do Zumba with us next week. I know personally that it takes courage to try physical activities... especially when you are overweight and constantly in the eyes of teenagers. I am so proud of everyone for giving things a chance. The Zumba class was hilarious. There was a lot of poppin, shakin, droppin, and grinding. hahaha! At first I was a little concerned that students are going to be taking secret videos of me looking stupid... but I decided I don't care. If you want a video, take your video... Because while you are standing ON THE SIDE worried about laughing at my lack of coordination I am OUT THERE burning calories and getting stuff done. Plus you weren't brave enough to give it a drive and are hiding behind making fun of me. I will gladly shake my stuff for whoever cares enough to watch and I will enjoy every minute of it. It is nice to see that this attitude is empowering other students and some of my coworkers to give something new a try and to step out of their comfort zone. Who cares!? The cheerleaders were in the gym watching while we were doing Zumba and although they were thoroughly entertained, a lot of them were like "ok... ok. I see you. Do your thing, girl." You could see that they respected that I was giving it all I had. I am also proud of myself for going bold and being in the FRONT ROW for Zumba! I ALWAYS am in the back and try to hide... but since I orchestrated this event and the people who were trying it had never done it before I thought it was only right to step up and dance front and center lol. Again, WHO CARES!? Not me anymore:)
Yesterday I had another training session at Gold's. It was awesome! I wish I had the money to do more than these first 3 sessions... maybe after the holidays I can scrape something up. I enjoyed seeing my bicep muscles in the mirror when I was lifting weights lol. Lately I have just felt so energized and so happy! I feel like everyday is full of new accomplishments.
Here is my current weight loss update. I know that I have definitely slowed down since I am getting close to my "number goal", but it was interesting seeing everything laid out.
Pounds lost by month
Nov--- to be announced in a few days
I was surprised about July. I was working out almost every day. I was taking pole classes, doing weights and the treadmill, doing yoga, hiked on a trail, was doing zumba, playing tennis with a friend, I did a 5k, and I was running on a trail. I guess it was a plateau kind of month.
Even though we all get frustrated sometimes with how progress is going, it is nice to see it in perspective over the whole month. Since I restarted this journey there was NOT ONE MONTH that I had a gain. I am very happy with that. We can all do this!!!!