Monday, June 1, 2015

ZINspiration Monday with Amy!

Amy went from being nervous to even try Zumba to using it to lose over 100 pounds and becoing an instructor! Here's her story.

I was born and raised in Rockaway, NJ (and now teach all of my classes here!). I began my weight loss journey in 2012 and have lost over 100 pounds through healthy eating, exercise and Zumba Fitness! I lost my first 50 pounds by changing my eating habits, completely, and WALKING.

I was afraid to try Zumba because my confidence was so low. My friends convinced me to go to a class. I stood in the back corner with a lump in my throat and almost left before the music started. I was TERRIFIED! Thirty seconds in, I knew that I would be an instructor some day. I LOVED it! That "really scary," Zumba class changed my life!!! 

My B1 training was in March of 2013 and I've been teaching classes ever since. I teach 11 classes a week, am licensed in Sentao, Toning, Step and just recently, Gold.  I am a Mom, I have 2 sons who are 19 and 20 years old. I left my successful, full-time job about 2 years ago to teach Zumba and I couldn't be happier! My favorite songs to teach as of today (changes all the time) are Metela Sacala, Mueve y Sacude and Delirious.

If someone asked me for advice, I would say to believe in yourself, ALWAYS! You are worth it. You can do anything you want to do. You don't have to be the best, you just have to be passionate! If I can do it, anyone can. I was the girl who ate frosted flakes with heavy cream for breakfast and believed that all food was put on this planet to be a vessel for butter! I had no confidence and zero self- esteem. One day, though, I woke up and realized that I deserve to love me. Zumba changed my life. It made me confident. I LOVE my job and my students and I feel so fortunate to be able to do what I love.

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