For a while now I've been putting a lot of time into something I never thought I would be doing. ZUMBA! I once took an aerobics class in high school and swore I would never again endure it. By the end I was dying and I found it to be as exciting as watching paint dry. A few years ago I had a couple friends ask me to try Zumba with them and I declined saying yoga or pilates might be more my pace (neither of which I ever did BTW).
Then two things happened. Last year I decided I wanted to loose 10 lbs and a friend of mine, Beth from Stories of A to Z, asked me to join her. I had gone twice on my own in October and was certain I wouldn't be going back but with Beth's encouragement I decided to give it another go. And EVER SINCE she and I have been going to an average of 2 classes per week. We do plan for three but sometimes things come up.
I truly believe that doing this with someone has been the key to my success in sticking with it. I have to physically get in touch with Beth before 10am if I can't go and know that my presence will be missed (at least I hope so) because I feel that way when she can't make it. It makes it a LOT harder to slack off.
Here's a really poor video of us I took with an ear cam. Be warned. It's awful quality and we barely do anything but shuffle around which doesn't really represent a typical Zumba class. Still, you get the idea.
For the first two months I couldn't stand it. I would find myself counting down the number of songs until we reached one hour. Time seemed to stand still. I'd be lying if I said I don't feel that way a little now but sometime around December something changed. I don't know if the songs began to grow on me or if something chemically happened in my brain but I started to enjoy it and even at times look forward to it. I found myself listening to Zumba songs on Spotify on my way to class and it wasn't because I was forcing myself to.
Then in January I took a big plunge and bought some workout wear. I had bought Beth an official "Zumba" tank for Christmas and seeing her wear it made me long for something nice myself. Prior to that I had been wearing ratty old tee shirts and baggy loose gym shorts. So I went to Old Navy and spent $100 on a lot of mix and match wear on clearance. I also went and bought a pair of new cross trainers. That REALLY motivated me. Seriously, if you have to look at yourself in the mirror for an hour straight at least feel good about the way you look! I also started putting on a little makeup (not a lot) and wore my hair in two cute ponytails. I don't care if it sounds vain, if it gets me in there and enjoying it, it can't be bad!
So for the next 30 days I'll be making a new DIY piece of workout wear every day. Are you excited?! I got my tees and I'm ready! Let's do this thing!
Or as Priyanka would say "Mumbai, Cuba baby let's go! La-love me all the way to Rio!"