I LOVE LOVE LOVE Zumba!!!!
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Last night's class was amazing. I was able to keep up thru the first 1.5 songs. John (the instructor) came in & stripped down to a fishnet sleeveless shirt & leopard print fur pants.
He put on the music & yelled "Follow me & have fun!"
I must find a weekly class! I must ZUMBA!!!! I MUST ZUMBA!!!!!
Class lasted about 45 mins. I kept stepping in & stepping out. Most did the same. I think I started sweating about 2 minutes into the 1st song.
I became a lion
I posed honor to the sky
Any class that encourages dressing up with leopard print fur pants.... well... I'm there! ZUMBA!
I think most of us who struggle with our weight think that once we get to our goal that we won't have body image issues. It's as if we think goal = the answer to all of life's problems.
I learned in my 20's that thin people can be just as messed up as fat people.
But I never thought about their body issues.
So last night I asked one of my friends who is thin, fit and beautiful if she had body image issues.
"Are you kidding me? Hell yes!"
Me: "Give me an example."
her: "First off my skin is sagging. I am getting 'old lady' skin on my legs. I have bags under my eyes that will never go away. I work out almost every day to tone. I wear long sleeves even when it's hot because my arms are ugly."
Me: "Wow. I'm asking because I think you have a great body, you're fit & beautiful. I never ever would have thought that about you. Have you ever been overweight?"
Her: "Yes. I was about 20 pounds over weight. But I lost it after I separated from my husband. I quit eating, hired a trainer and took out my aggressions in the gym."
Now you need to know that she's about 5'5" with a very thin frame. 20 pounds overweight is a lot.
So today's lesson: We all have body image issues and chances are they won't go away. They may just morph into a different issue.