Saturday, December 31, 2011

Here's to a New Year!


I can't believe it's already New Year's Eve!  I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels that way.   Most of us typically do.  I know I'm SUPER excited about what's to come in 2012!  I'm so eager to see what dreams come to life; to be able to look back on goals I've set and feel proud when I accomplish and achieve them!  I'm hopeful for the new beginnings...

So yesterday I did GREAT!!!  I consumed 443 calories LESS than my daily goal and I burned around 400 calories doing my first Zumba workout with my new DVD set!  So let's talk about that...

In being honest and transparent with you about my journey, not all of it will be pretty.  Reality is that it's been around three years since I've participated regularly in a Zumba class.  You wouldn't know it to hear me talk about how great and much fun I think Zumba is!  In those few years I've put on the 30+ pounds I lost when I was doing so great.  Needless to say, Zumba was a lot more difficult than I anticipated with that extra weight.  Alone in my basement, I felt so embarrassed and ashamed of myself.  How could I have let myself get so out of shape? 

Honestly, I wanted to give up.  It was difficult and overwhelming and I felt downright klutzy.  It wasn't long into the workout before I started picturing the DVD's accumulating dust on the T.V.   But then, something changed.  I heard my inner voice repeating my own words... "it's not always going to be easy" and "so many people heavier than me have lost weight and kept it off... I can, too!"  And, just like that, I talked myself out of quitting!  I didn't give up!  I changed my perspective and my circumstances changed, too!  (I finished the entire workout!) 

The other important thing to share with you is that I had to fight, HARD, to stop myself from thinking negative thoughts about myself. 

That.  
  Was. 
    Difficult.

So even though the DVD's aren't as exciting and fun as being in a live class with others, I decided I'd use them initially to re-learn the steps and get my rhythm back, dropping a few pounds in the meantime.  And when the Zumba classes at work begin, I'll be more ready than I would've been had I not asked Santa for these DVD's!

I challenge you to try and talk yourself out of doing something you shouldn't this week... like giving up when something feels difficult or caving in when you know you shouldn't!  It's an amazing feeling when you do it and it works!


2 comments:

  1. I know how you feel, Chrissy. I bought those Jillian Michael's 30 day shred DVDs and have been diligently trying to do them without wanting to die. Honestly, there's 3 levels and level 1 is so hard for me that I'm embarassed. But ya know what? When I do it, I sweat, and I'm sore the next day, and no matter how bad I am at the moves or how uncoordinated or weak I feel, it's a helluva lot more activity than I would have done without it. At the end of the day, what counts is that I tried. So, in conclusion, I've never done Zumba but I'd love to try it. I'll come do it with you or you can come to my house and we could do it together. We have a big room we could do it in. Say the word, and I'm there! So proud of you :)

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  2. You are SO RIGHT, Arti!!! Feeling sore muscles (some I haven't felt in a really long time) definitely indicate that I'm doing well, even if I feel awkward! I'm really eager to do more and get the steps down (and get my coordination back) before we get Zumba classes going at our company!! I hope you'll come to them with us! LaShan and I plan to DROP IT LIKE IT'S HOT!!!! I think you'd love it - it's the most fun when you're in a live class. :)

    Thanks for being proud of me... I'm SO proud of you, too!!!!! If my schedule weren't so busy we'd get together three times a week and work out together! That's why I want Zumba at work to happen so much... what a blast!!!

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