Netta's Success Story
Last year I moved back to Utah and decided to try Zumba. My honey banned me from getting yet another gym membership since my desire to workout would fizzle out as soon as the week free trial with a personal trainer ended. My desire was there but going to the gym was a little overwhelming. What machine do I work on and how many reps for which muscle?!? I was a bit rusty to say the least. My little sis Julia had been going to zumba for a long while & suggested I try it. So when I found out that a zumba class near me was only $5, I figured why not? If I don't like it, I won't go back. I still remembering stepping through the door of Expressions Dance. I didn't know anyone and was extremely nervous considering I couldn't remember the last time I really worked out. Of course I went to the back of the class, Teresa turned on the music and then...PARTY, PARTY, PARTY!!! Thankful for the bars in the back to hang on to in between songs and plenty of water breaks. But I have to admit that I was kind of proud of myself for hanging in there. I was nowhere near Teresa's energy level but her love for what she does was felt throughout the class (and still is). Needless to say, I went back. In fact, I couldn't get enough. Each time Teresa added a class, I found myself right there ready to get my exercise on. As our class grew, so did friendships with Teresa and other classmates aka The BZC...The Bountiful Zumba Crew. We may not see or meet each other outside of class but we are a group of women that truly support each other in our endeavors of becoming healthy, continuing to be healthy or whatever the case may be. Each time I come to class whether I see familiar faces or new ones, there's always a kind word, hugs and smiles going around. That's how the BZC does it. That's our class. That's our m.o. I've met very wonderful women through zumba and that hasn't stopped even till this day. Zumba LOVE is always felt in our class and for me the BZC is my zumba home and definitely my zumba family.
The turning point for me was this year. In January, my siblings and I started our own Biggest Loser competition with our spouses/partners and other family members. That's when I really made some life changing choices. You see, I may have been going to zumba since last June but I was still eating the same, which meant I could easily out eat my other half. Basically I was just working off what I was eating and only losing 1 pound per month. Pretty sad now that I think of it BUT I was exercising and that was a step in the right direction. Baby steps, baby steps. My siblings and I are pretty competitive so our Biggest Loser competition became very serious, very fast. I became very aware of what I was putting in my body by reading health magazines, health & fitness tips on the web, reading Teresa's blog, etc. Bottom line, I became accountable for what I was putting in my body. It didn't stop there. I started to change not only how I ate but how I prepared meals for my family. This competition really opened my eyes. Because I have changed the way I eat, it has truly made a difference in my body but also how I feel about me. I have so much energy now. I actually can go jogging without stopping while running a 5K. Tell me that isn't amazing?!? I almost wanted to cry when I first did that. I couldn't believe it.
My love for Zumba was so much that I asked Teresa advice on becoming a Zumba Instructor. Now for those of you who don't know this is a HUGE stretch for me considering my work history is mainly in the accounting field. Uh huh...yeah. So anyway after many times of getting cold feet I finally made that step and became a certified Zumba Instructor. Why become one you ask?!? Well why not?!? I love Zumba!! Zumba has truly changed my life...corny I know but it really has. I have been fortunate enough to have one of the best (the BEST in my opinion) Zumba Instructors around. If you've ever been to Teresa's class, then you know that Zumba LOVE EXPLODES in her class. Her class at times can be very therapeutic. No matter what's going on in my life, I make it a point to go to Zumba. At times I've come to class emotionally drained, sad, discouraged and even angry but once Teresa steps in front of the class & the music starts well...let's just say that when class is done I'm a completely recharged woman & a relaxed one at that. I want to be that kind of Zumba Instructor. I want my class to feel my love for what I do. Spreading that Zumba Love in my opinion is no joke. It's a blessing and I love it.
Starting weight: 256
Current weight: 198
Thank you Teresa for being such a wonderful friend & an inspiration to me. Thanks to the BZC for always loving & supporting me. We need to have little BZCs all over the world. Zumba <3!!
P.S. I've decided to return to school & major in Exercise & Sports Medicine. LOL who would've thunk it?!?