Gained 1.8 this week. I am taking responsibility for my actions and admitting that I did not make the best choices this week. There were 3 days where I didn’t track my food in my food journal and I only worked out about half as much as I usually do. But, I will just take this as a learning experience and will remember the importance of tracking my food and will get back into my normal workout routine this week! 🙂
Today has been an awesome day. I woke up feeling really tired and didn’t want to workout, but right before I walked into the gym I received an email from a woman who I have never met before congratulating me and telling me that I have inspired her. Her email made me feel so happy and gave me that extra little push I needed to turn my attitude around and I ended up having an excellent workout. Then I got a really sweet gift from one of my 5 year olds at work (its his last day and he got all of his teachers a little gift), and theeen I got a beautiful bracelet, some chocolates and a pretty wallet from a very sweet friend at zumba. Then at my weigh in I lost 1 pound this week (total now 106.4)! I didn’t expect to lose anything since I lost so much last week so I was very pleased! Then after my weigh in, I got to go to my baby brother’s jazz band concert and got to see him do what he loves, playing his bass up on stage. 🙂 I am so proud of him! Now it is time for me to go to sleep! Good night! Hope you all had an excellent day as well! ♥
What You Gain by Losing
Posted by Cheri on May 30, 2012
After hearing about an incredible weight loss story, I headed to the gym, where I caught up with Oregon’s newest Zumba instructor, Nicole Smith, to get the skinny.
Photo credit: No Need to Weight
No, Zumba is only a part of my story, but it is a big part. It’s what’s kept me going. My story actually starts with Weight Watchers. I joined and was doing pretty well until I broke my ankle. I had to wear a thick cast that went all the way up to my knee. I was on crutches for a long time because I had broken the same ankle once before and it hadn’t healed well. As you can imagine, the weight I had initially lost, I gained right back.
When I got my cast off I got really serious and joined a gym too. That was a year ago. I weighed 268 lbs. and I was disgusted with how I looked. I was also afraid I was going to have a stroke or heart attack if I didn’t seriously change my life. I was only 22.
Is that when you started taking Zumba classes?
Not at first. I was really intimidated about trying Zumba <laughs>.
Well, first of all I never thought I had any rhythm! Zumba looked like a lot of fun, but it looked really hard for someone who couldn’t dance. I didn’t think I’d be able to get the moves and keep up with the class and I didn’t want people staring at me or laughing. Then one day, while watching a class through the glass, I realized there were other people in there that were my size so I sucked up my fears and gave it a try!
I loved it from the very first class! It was a little hard at first, but it was really fun and the hour flew by. When it was over I couldn’t believe it. I realized I could do this. It was more fun then the other workouts I was doing and I found myself going several times a week. I still took other classes like Pilates and Body Pump, and I was still doing Weight Watchers, but Zumba was what made me smile. I was hooked. I realized I had rhythm after all and now I can shake my booty with the best of them!
Photo credit: No Need to Weight
How much weight have you lost?
I have lost 103 lbs. so far. I only have 15 more to go before I reach my goal! When I started this journey, it seemed impossible. My life has totally changed. I am so much healthier and I don’t remember ever being this happy. Zumba has filled a hole in my life and everyone is like a supportive family who celebrates along the way with you.
Photo credit: No Need to Weight
Is that what made you want to be an instructor?
The Zumba instructors I had – and still have, are so upbeat, and positive all of the time. They went out of their way to encourage me every step of the way. I have never met more fun and supportive people. My Zumba family is my inspiration. If it weren’t for them, I don’t think my lifestyle would have changed as dramatically or quickly as it has.
A year ago, I was a completely different person. You know how people say that it’s who you are on the inside and not what you look like on the outside that counts? Well, I didn’t like who I was on the inside and I was embarrassed by how I looked on the outside. I don’t think people realize how much being overweight changes how a person genuinely feels about themselves. I want to help other people feel good about themselves and teach them that getting healthy can be fun. That it’s not impossible. If I can inspire just one person, the way my instructors inspired me, that would be the real accomplishment.
You are a powerhouse of positivity! Do you have a Blog so people can learn more?
Re-posted from: Re-Body, Total Transformation System
ALWAYS have a fruit and/or veggie with each meal and snack! If you aren’t hungry enough to eat a fruit or veggie, then you aren’t hungry!
Measure EVERYTHING (except fruits and veggies)
A very important part of my success for me is to allow myself to “cheat” once a week so that I don’t feel deprived. Just one meal, once a week.
Drink LOTS of water… Get a water bottle that you really like. It sounds silly, but It will help you to remember to drink more water!
NEVER get fast food (Subway is the only exception- but it has to be a healthy choice from there… there are a lot of unhealthy choices there, too.)
Eat every 2-3 hours. Don’t let yourself get too hungry. That is when bad decisions are made.
No soda. Not even diet soda.
If you use oil, make sure it is a healthy oil! Olive oil or coconut oil are good.
3 egg whites, veggies (bell peppers, onion, spinach, broccoli, mushrooms, etc…) I also sometimes like to add some salsa. (1 points+)
-You can add 1/4 cup reduced fat cheese which will make it 3 points
-Or add turkey sausage making it 4 points plus. (without the cheese)
– Or you can use one whole egg and 2 egg whites and scramble it with all the veggies (3 points+)
“Don’t give up what you want most for what you want right now.”