Monday, March 30, 2015

ZINspiration Mondays with Suzi

Suzi lost nearly 70 pounds with Zumba and eating right. She is now an inspirationl instructor and a great role model for her kids! Here is her story.

It all began two years ago, in April 2013. I went on holiday to the Canary Islands and spent the whole time covered up as I was so uncomfortable being overweight and felt very self conscious. I decided to do something about it when I got home.

A friend of mine had just started at a local gym and asked me to tag along with her to Zumba. To be honest, I had no idea what Zumba was... I had seen it advertised here and there but as someone who never did the gym thing I never got to see a class in action. So, I arrived at the gym, layered in clothing under the illusion that layering hid everything (yeah, right - I know better now!). I was dripping after about 5 minutes and thought I was going to pass out. I hid in the back and stared back and forth from the clock to the door to the clock... I was so out of shape it was scary. But, as soon as it was over I felt amazing. I had finished it; I had lasted the hour. And that was it... I was hooked!!

I went to classes 3 times a week and that's when I started to chat to the instructor, Maggie, who became my amazing mentor and friend. She kept me motivated and kept the classes exciting. I just hated missing them! I went to master classes and amazing charity events and was inspired at every turn.

When my instructor suggested I take the B1 course the following February (in 2014), I said 'why not?'. I knew Zumba was going to be a huge part of my life so whether I did it just for me or to teach in the future, I knew it would be such an accomplishment. So, I got my B1 license with the amazing Herman Melo. I filled in for my lovely instructor a few times after that and once I had done a few classes and got over the nerves I knew I wanted to be up there inspiring others, showing them that I was once where they are.

Zumba has changed my life not just physically but mentally and emotionally too. I was a shy, quiet girl with major confidence issues and Zumba gave me an outlook I have never had before! I'm now happy, confident and full of energy. I started my journey at 15stone 6lbs. (216 lbs.) and I am now 10stone 7 lbs. (147 lbs.). I struggled to change my eating habits at first... being a mum of 3 young girls all under age 8, I would just grab and go a lot. Meals were pretty much pasta- and potato-based and my portions were always huge as I would hardly eat all day then pig out with dinner. But, once my body started to change I wanted to keep it that way. I never want to go back, so I now look at food and see it as fuel rather than a treat. I had a lot of support from my fabulous mentor Maggie who would keep me going when I had a day where I felt like pigging out!

Once my Zumba journey was well on its way I decided to try a few more things. I started using kettlebells and saw my body change yet again. I was toning up quickly so that was it... I went on to do my gym instructor course and got certified as a kettlebell instructor. I am now teaching 6 classes a week, 3 Zumba, 2 kettlebells and a circuit class and I still amaze myself everyday!

So, a big piece of advice is to always have a great support network before you start... someone who you can call or text when you feel the urge to overdo it. I would also say to anyone who is sitting there thinking "I will never be able to change" - this is just the way I was! Believe me, don't live your life never knowing what your body is truly capable of. We are amazing!

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  1. Good for you. I am not a kind of person, which could do her exercise alone.


  3. girls are addicted to heavy aerobics well done, so keep together we will make the world stronger

  4. in sports the main thing is patience and assertiveness, and all will turn out, but not at once, well done!