Workout class with 60 Tanzanians

Saturday, October 04, 2008

This week I taught the book of Galatians, which is one of my favorite books of the bible to teach. The afternoon class is typically harder to teach, because it is after a carb laden lunch that the Bible College students are fed. The first day, I looked at the weary eyes of the students and decided I had to do something.

I can't change the food they eat, but I can have an influence on their energy level. Wednesday, I came equiped with my notes, a DVD machine, and one of my workout DVDs. I taught for 90 minutes and then told the students after a 10 minute break I would be downstairs where there is a huge empty space.

Soooooooooooooooo, all the students came. I showed them a few minutes of the Biggest loser testimony section with one of the Biggest Loser contestants. He was huge in the beginning and in the 5 minutes we watched, he lost a huge amount of weight. They were all OOOing and Ahhhhing.

Then we did two of the workouts: The 20 minute high intensity and weight training workout for a total of 40 minutes. Most of them stayed.

They were really happy and asked for another class the next day, so I decided to bring Billy Blank's Teibo advanced workout. I don't have many of his on DVD. All of the beginner workouts I have of his are on video and I had to use a mini DVD player.

You know you are in Africa when, 60 students can somehow see a 6 inch mini player and workout. The sound was nearly impossible to hear, but I know the workout and there were a few very sharp students who followed the exercise even better than I could imagine.

The ladies were all in dresses which looked a little funny, but they were moving. By the end of the hour of kickboxing, there were only about 20 students left. They were all drenched and we were all "high-fiving" each other. It was lots of fun.

My sleep was better this week. I also seemed to have settled with the weight I have lost. I will always have slight fluctuations since I weigh daily, but the high number is now at the 100 kilo mark=220 pounds, which is my goal that I set for a reward to go to Nairobi. I am there and my next goal is to get down to 209 by the end of the year. I believe I can do this.

I am very happy that I made my goal. People are making comments on my weight loss almost daily. It totally motivates me to stay on target!

Don and the team leave this Friday. I will be alone for 3 weeks. That is typically the time I can really focus on my food and fitness. I will also have a lot more time to connect with my SP friends. I can't wait.
God bless,
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    I know u will miss Don while he is away but the focus on you will be great!
    4286 days ago

    So happy to hear you are doing well. I have thought of you often over the past few weeks and was hoping your return trip was safe. You are looking SO good. I am getting out my new ZUmba tapes tonight.

    Have you heard of Zumba yet? It is suposed ot be like dance moves.. we will see. I wondered, can we make DVDs of new fitness stuff & send to you?

    I see you got home safe, and are having a blast, depstie being tired at teh end of the day. Your faith and joy shines through in your words.

    Thanks so much for sharing and being part of the teams I am on!

    God Bless you as well, Jann
    4288 days ago
    It sounds like you had a great time! Wish I could have been there! I know you can make your new goal. Keep up the good work!
    4290 days ago
    I'm so glad to hear from you again! I've thought a lot about you while you've been gone...

    Thanks for sharing - hope to see you on the boards again soon!!

    4290 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    I'm sure glad you are making your goal. DO stay with it and I will, too. emoticon
    4290 days ago
    Wow! That sounded like a lot of fun! I think it was awesome you teaching them. Way to go.
    4290 days ago
    4290 days ago
    I can see it now! You described it so well. How great to share exercise and good health with those around you! Good Job!

    4291 days ago
  • CELESTE5104
    Mary you are doing such a great job on your weight loss and in your life over all. You are an amazing woman. After Don leaves I wish you great success in focusing more on you. You can hit that goal of 209 by the end of the year:)

    It was a neat idea to share those videos with your students. It got them up and neat!!!!
    4291 days ago
  • CAROLYN0107
    Great blog entry. Thanks. It was fun hearing about your exercising with your students! It will be wonderful having you back on SparkPeople.
    4291 days ago
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