I’ve always been heavy and I’ve always struggled with my weight. When I was a child, a teen, and now as an adult. With my weight issues came extremely low self esteem accompanied by depression and crippling anxiety.
The anxiety spiked last year when I quit my job and started working from home. Never having to leave the house gave me terrible social anxiety when I did go out. I would go weeks without setting a foot outside, not even glancing out the window. I would have panic attacks at least twice a week and it would worsen if I traveled.
Finally, near New Years 2012, I had a life changing breakdown. If I didn’t do something, I was going to waste my entire life doing nothing and it would hurt the people I love the most! I couldn’t live with myself. I really, REALLY didn’t want to go on any antidepressant/anxiety meds, so I told myself I would start exercising daily and changing up my diet to eat healthier and if I didn’t improve within a month, I would see a doctor.
Lo and behold a month passed by and I had done a complete 360. My mood was better, most of my social anxiety curbed—especially because I found and forced myself to go to a live Zumba class (I found Zumba at the YMCA about 3 years ago and fell in love with it. When I moved, I left that behind but then the game for Wii came out and I started playing that. If you love the game I urge you to find a live class in your area! Nothing compares!). Words cannot describe how much better I feel. At first, I was only doing this to get healthy and weight loss was just a perk. Now, I’m doing this for weight loss because I can!!!
Zumba. I love it. It makes me feel amazing regardless of how much of an idiot I’m sure I look like when I dance. It’s fun and a fantastic cardio work out!
My instructor training is on April 21st and I am so incredibly pumped. Nervous, but excitement allows me to swallow down the nervousness. I am now a licensed Zumba Instructor! Hizzah! I will need lots of practice before I start a class but I’m okay with that. It will be worth the wait! I’m now coteaching a class on Thursday nights! Woo!
I’ve fallen so in love with a healthy lifestyle and exercise, I decided that I want to get a personal training certificate! I have all of my supplies from ACE, now all I need to do is start studying!!! Hopefully this time next year I will be a certified trainer!!!