Zumba Inspired

Last night I went to a Zumba class, my first with this instructor. I am usually completely self-conscious and can be hard on myself when I mess up the choreography. Last night however, I had so much fun I was smiling through difficult sequences even though I was messing up. I didn’t feel self-conscious at all and I was able to let go and have fun with the moves. And it was all because the instructor wasn’t perfect. Instead of the young, fit instructors I’ve seen in the past, this Zumba instructor (whose class I will be taking as often as possible) was bigger, just like me. And seeing him shaking it and getting into the routine helped me to feel comfortable and to know that I could do it myself.

He also helped me realize a few other things about myself as well, and I never even talked to him! Seeing him in front of that class last night helped me to realize that I don’t have to be at my ideal weight to work in the fitness industry. I don’t have to wait until some time in the future when I have deemed myself fit enough and athletic enough to start pursuing my dream of becoming a trainer or fitness coach. There is room in the industry for people who are not at their ideal, but who have the knowledge, ability and passion to teach classes or coach individuals. It was a pretty eye-opening, empowering experience for me.

Does this mean that I am just dropping my program and plans as far as becoming a Pharmacy Technician are concerned? No, not at all! While I realize that I don’t have to wait until some point in the future when I am at my ideal to pursue my dream, I do need to save some money for the training and certification. That means completing my last 3 weeks of classes, my externship & returning to work full-time. I have done some research on the various programs that are out there and decided which program I want to take once I have put aside enough money. Ultimately, I want to become an ACE certified Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach. To do this I first have to become either a certified personal trainer or a certified group fitness instructor through ACE. I have not firmly decided which program I will take yet, but it will be at least 6 months before I am in the position financially to start the program. In the meantime, I am going to continue with the fitness goals that I am already pursuing this year, including a minimum of 2 Zumba classes per week in January!

Have you ever been inspired in an unlikely place?


Goals for January

Sometimes I have to remind myself that living a healthy life is about balancing everything that needs to happen. There are some days that some things need to be set aside so that others can take priority. I am getting to this blog posting a little late tonight because I was trying so hard to finish something that isn’t a priority and I had to remind myself to just let it go.

So I wanted to share my goals for January with everyone. I have another blog within a weight loss/ healthy community I belong to (http://www.sparkpeople.com). (I’m CAdreamer2011) On that blog I listed my fitness goals for January, but I wanted to list all of my January goals here, because my life is about more than just fitness!

1. Walk to and from school and work.  I decided to save money and not get a bus pass this month, so I am forcing myself to get in some more activity if I want to go anywhere! It is just under 2.5 miles one-way to school (slightly less to work and the gym), so I will be getting close to 5 miles a day.

2. Attend 2 Zumba classes a week. I love Zumba and I pay for a gym membership, so I might as well use it!

3. Take my vitamins. I tend to be low on certain key nutrients, especially calcium, so I need to make sure that I am taking my supplements to ensure that my health is the best it can be.

4. Drink water. Somehow I had gotten away from my usual 10-12 cups of water a day… I wasn’t even getting 4 some days! So I am dedicating January to getting my H2O back to where it should be.

5. Meditate every night. At the beginning of 2011 I had started meditating, before all of the changes started happening that threw me off track. I want to get back to that and start meditating in the evenings again.

6. Write poetry again. I have written poetry since I was a child, it has always been a way to express myself and work through issues in my life. I lost that in 2011 and I want to get it back!

7. Develop a second income source. Right now I am only working part-time while I am going to school and money is always very tight. I am usually stressing out about how I am going to cover the rent or eat at any given time. I want to generate a second income source in January to help stabilize my finances

8. Blog at least 3 times per week. Honestly I want to blog at least 5 times per week, but realistically I know that my time may be limited for blogging this month. I have so many plans for things that I want to do with this blog!

9. Be consistent with my participation in challenges. I am involved in several fitness and weight loss challenges on Sparkpeople this month. Most of the fitness activities overlap, but I want to remain active and consistent in posting to the challenge threads.

So those are my January goals! What are your goals for this month??