Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Working out.  I do so much better with working out when I schedule it.   Simply saying "Ohhh, I have to run 3 times this week" Is not enough.  I tend to push off the exercise until it's too late and I just throw in the towel.  Luckily for me it is enough right now for me to simply schedule the DAY of my runs.  Saying that I will run on such and such day is enough for now. But I have to keep telling myself that working out is something that should be on the top of my list in priorities. (Being healthy is number one...and notice when I was getting sick I DID skip a zumba and have done so on more than one occasion).  It's making ME a priority! I am a priority!
I was talking to a friend last night after zumba (OK, part of the conversation was before zumba).  We were talking about priorities.  We both want this thin healthy thing with every fiber of our being and consequentially we are pushing ourselves to do it.  She has had to change up her zumba nights a few times in the past two weeks.  Life (in the form of two adorable young girls) has thrown some curve balls at her......girl scouts, basketball, soccer, name it.   She has had it thrown at her.  She sacrifices her time for the family that she loves.  In the past she put them first and let her needs fall further down on the list of priorities. Not this time.  She is keeping herself up there at the top of the list amongst those other important things!  She  is striving forth.  She is finding the time to run (she's my running co-conspiritor) and to walk and to get to zumba.  She's finding time to plan her eating and track her food.  She's doing it, on top of all the things she does for the family that she loves..  She has made her health a priority and she will reap the rewards of those choices (she is already reaping them...she's running something she couldn't have done a few short weeks ago....she's dropping pounds....she is DOING IT).  The rewards are not just for her though.  She was watching the Biggest Loser with her one daughter.  Her daughter looked at her and expressed her thoughts on her mothers sacrifices.  "You are my inspiration mom".   Her daughter can see the sacrifices and the results that her mother is enacting upon her life.  And what that little girl is seeing and learning from her mother right now, just in observation will stay with her forever. She is learning to take care of herself. She is learning the art of showing love to not only family but also toward herself and making both coexist together.    Talk about huge rewards and benefits that my friend is reaping for her new found behaviors!

Zumba rocks on!  Anita is a fun instructor.  You just smile in her classes.  My eyes are automatically drawn to her socks.  Last night was wearing St. Patricks day socks.  Who knows what it will be tonight. I've tried other leaders....and I've just been spoiled with Anita.  She is top notch!  I worry about the fact that she has hinted about retiring.  :-(     Yes, she is in her mid 60's  And yes, she KICKS MY BUTT every time!

Zumba Socks


Unknown said...

I am glad you have a Zumba friend. Having someone to talk to who is going through the same things is always helpful and encouraging. Woman should put themselves first because then they have more to give their families. It is so hard to do that because we always feel like we are cheating our families. Your health is one of the most important things you can give to your family.

Keep up the good work!

SANRDJ said...

that is one of my biggest struggles - putting myself first! It's a hard one to grasp and put into motion...good for you and your friend. I'm going to give Zumba a try next week.. looking forward to it! And a little scared too.

Fran said...

I always plan my workouts a week ahead. I have a schedule till October but every Saturday I sit down and make my plan for the week. I write down which distance I have to do on what day and I plan my DVD workouts.

Meal planning is something that I started doing once I moved out, now 18 years ago.

Eesh said...

Omg such fun socks!!! I have yet to actually take a Zumba class but people that I know who do it always say that it's amazeballs!

I usually schedule my run/walks but when it comes to strength training and toning, I wing it. It's like only if R has the day off, I do it so that he can help me with it but lately I've been doing it on my own. It hurts like a biotch to the point where I get that athlete grunt in!!! lol


twogirlsmama76 said...

We have to put ourselves in that priority list. You are right there with me, losing, exercising and running our butts off! Keep going!