Monday, January 5, 2015

ZINspiration Mondays with Jennifer

Jennifer wanted a change, and she used her Zumba community to lose 100 pounds! Here is her story.

I decided to get my Zumba B1 license in November of 2009 and take on the world! I was overweight but had been taking classes for about a year and knew I wanted to teach classes.
Life for me before Zumba was a terrible existence. I have always said that Zumba saved my life... and I will always say that! Zumba is more than a workout; it is a lifestyle, a fellowship, a community, and a culture. You can submerge yourself as little or as deep as you wish. I took on every challenge along the way making me a very humble person. 

 I say that because I have a story that people can empathize with. I know what it is like to walk into the class and feel like someone is looking at my jiggle arms, or wondering if my butt looks dumb in these workout pants. I know how it feels to have my legs burning like fire and that feeling that I would die before the class ended. BUT, I pushed and I made it through! I have lost over 100 pounds and now continue to change my body, toning up and losing inches!

The hardest thing about getting healthy was eating better! Take it one day at a time. Don’t over think it. Take the initiative to grab an apple instead of a Little Debbie. Drink water instead of sodas and high sugar drinks. I know for a fact that every day is a struggle, even now. I still have a “fat girl” image. Not sure that ever goes away. Just take every day as it comes and know YOU GOT THIS!

Zumba is for anybody and everybody! You don’t have to be a dancer or perfect. No one cares, just let go and be you. I love seeing my students let go! I will steal a move from them too…There are no mess ups!

I now have my Toning, Zumba Kids, B2, Zumba Kids, and Sentao License. I love learning and sharing!


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