I have talked myself out of it. Every time I thought about it, I thought about all of the reasons I shouldn’t do it. I came up with a million reasons, and talked myself out of it. I never shared with anyone what I really wanted to do, because I thought how crazy does that sound? A Zumba Instructor how crazy is that?!
After having my first born I suffered with really bad postpartum. I had no idea what was wrong with me, I reached out to my friends that tried to help but no one really knew how to help. My husband had no knowledge of what postpartum was and even what that meant. I finally told him I needed him to take me to the doctors. He did just that, we visited my doctor and she gave me holistic ways to de-stress like meditation, yoga, eating right, and no caffeine. Hello– I had a toddler at the time and I was in Grad school so saying no to caffeine was not even an option. She then prescribed me anti depressants that I stopped taking about 3 months in. I dealt with postpartum for a year and knew that if I got pregnant again I needed to do something else because medication was not the way to go.
Finding out I was pregnant with my daughter put me into Holistic Living Mode. I knew that I wanted to fight the war on Postpartum. I knew that after all of my research, mediation and working out was the key. After getting clearance from my doctor at my 6 week check up, I joined a gym and started just doing Zumba. I felt so good after I left every class and I knew I wanted more and more. It was like a drug that I needed, and I looked forward to every class because it was like a party! This made me want to work out and then I noticed pounds slipping off and I felt better and was in a great mood.
July 25, 2016- The Day!
I started my drive to Charlotte, NC which is an hour and a half away from Columbia, SC. I left the house around 5:45am because I had to be there before 8am. When I arrived to The World Gym, there were ladies lined up and ready! This is when my nerves started kicking in and realized this was real. We filled out our paper work, and then filled the dance studio up. Who says Zumba is just for ladies?! There were men in the class also!
My wonderful ZES Loretta Bates, made everything so fun! We dance for 2 hours and then was given a water break. Danced again, went over material and finally had lunch! I packed a tuna salad because I knew I would need more protein and little carbs. I had protein for Breakfast and snack and honestly, I think my body went into protein overdrive. LOL.
The rest of the day was learning different music, rhythms and nothing but shaking our butts! I met some amazing people and we got to talk to other Zumba instructors in the area. Zumba really creates a family and its great to share something you all love. At 5:30pm the class was finally over. I wanted it to be over because we had been dancing since 8 and I was exhausted but didn’t want it to end because I love it.
I have never had an experience like that and I have made some friends from that class. This day was so special and I appreciate all of the instructors and my ZES!
I am now an official Licensed Zumba Instructor!
My first class starts August 22, 2016 and I am so excited! To find out more information visit my Zumba website.
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