I was brave enough today to try the Zumba class! I was only facing the left when I was supposed to be facing the right a couple of times, but I did not humiliate myself, my blood sugar did not go low and I had a great time! Success! After three months working out at the gym I decided that I should try it and, if I died, at least I was trying something new! I have spent the past three months doing 30 minutes of cardio on a machine that I don’t even know the name of and different weights to follow. To say that I was getting bored would be an understatement! I had a rough morning between the whining dog, traveling husband, youngest son who could care less about being completely potty trained and oldest son who was pretty adamant about not wanting to go to school. Today I wanted to crawl back in bed. Instead, I went to Zumba. The hour went so fast and I left feeling confident and good (and hot and sweaty) and it turned my Monday attitude around! I am so thankful to my kind and encouraging gym friend and a today’s fabulous Zumba instructor!
It will take a few more classes to make sure my pre-exercise pump setting is right and so are my breakfast choices, but I am excited to work on those details to be able to enjoy the class. I was an avid Jazzercise student in junior high, high school, college, in Bremerton, WA and in Pasadena, MD. I jazzercised in Owasso for two years and then while I was on “maternity leave” with Ben, it closed. I was heart-broken! Anytime a song comes on the radio I can remember 1)If it was a Jazzercise song and 2)What state I lived in when it was!. So, I have spent the past three years wondering what will take its place! And, wondering does not burn calories! Between not regularly exercising and loosing time and motivation to take care of myself, plus a newly diagnosed thyroid condition and months of figuring out the right dose of medication, I ended up gaining every pound of the baby weight I had lost and loosing a little bit of sanity and a lot of positive thinking in the meantime.
After my diagnosis with depression in April, it was clear there were a few things I needed to begin working on to regain control of my blood sugars and my happiness. During the months of April and May, these became the goals:
- Give up most of my volunteer positions (my plate was too full)
- Begin exercising regularly
- Be confident in the fact that I was not SuperWoman and could not do it all, but I can be good at what I do with my time and gifts
- Check my blood sugars everyday without feeling guilty, carrying guilt, becoming angry at myself for what the number actually was, just dealing with the blood sugar…at least four times a day…for the rest of my life (or until JDRF comes through with a cure, which I know they will!)
So, today is a huge step for me. I did something enjoyable, something that I loved doing for many years that was a vital part of my good health. I hope you did something good for yourself today and would love to hear what that was!