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Dancing Away Depression

Monday, February 11, 2013

As some of you may know, I've been dealing with some personal issues that resulted in landing in a funk (depressive mood) over the past month and a half or so...

After some much needed encouragement, I began rethinking my goals and mentally putting myself in gear (once again). I stepped on the scale and alas, I gained ten pounds. I'm still down four pounds from where I started, but my body can really feel the weight that's been gained back.

I went to a Zumba class tonight, and I feel so much better! I recalled a quote from Sparkpeople that stated "You're only one workout away from a good mood" and it's so true. I wasn't raised as a dancer, but I feel very comfortable in the class. I also recalled a quote tonight from Patrick Swayze,

“I found that dance was key to keeping depression out of my life. When you dance, things just go away, things don't seem so bad. There's no better way to take care of health than through something as joyous and beautiful as dance.”

I'll just take this journey one day at a time...I'll eventually get to my ultimate weight goal, but I need to stop beating myself up over hitting plateaus, and not allow the negative things that cannot be changed to alter my mentality/focus.

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