Transformation of the Day: Cee lost 41 pounds. The loss of her mother, sister and father led to debilitating depression and emotional pain. After addressing her mental health, she dediced to focus on her physical heatlh. Zumba and portion control were the main tools she used. Check out her story.
My weight loss reboot began in 2013. I had kept my weigh at a manageable level for many years. However, the deaths of my mom (in 2009), my sister (in 2012) and my dad from bone cancer (in 2012) sent me careening downwards into a sea of crippling PTSD and debilitating depression. I was in emotional pain like I’d never experienced. I couldn’t rest and couldn’t function day to day. I was hiding in my room, in the dark. I was safe within the cocoon of my sadness.
I contacted a psychiatrist for help. With the proper counseling and medication, I made peace with my mental illness. This was all I was able to deal with. I wasn’t thinking about weight or appearance at the time. I just wanted to feel better and find joy again. I wasn’t aware that I had gained roughly 35 pounds. At the time, I weighed 180 pounds at 5’2″, and couldn’t have cared less.
It was early 2015 when I critically looked in the mirror. I had to make an attempt to change myself. I went to my nearest YMCA where I noticed a group of women in an aerobics room dancing, smiling and having a blast to some Latin music. I walked over and peered inside. Then, I slipped in and found a place on the back row of my first Zumba class. I was hooked from the start. I couldn’t find a rhythm, but I loved every moment. My teacher encouraged each student to go at her own pace and at her own level; I did just that. I could have never guessed how this would transform my life.
Because Zumba is not a traditional workout, I made time for 3 – 4 classes weekly in my schedule. I am naturally self motivated, but my Zumba teacher was my hero. Her upbeat personality and winning smile compelled me to go back for more. I also have Salsa or Reggae ton music in my phone and on my computer. When I play them, I’m up on my feet and dancing around the house. Before I knew it, my body started shedding pounds. My body toned up more when I resumed weight lifting. Once I felt the difference in how my clothes fit, I wanted to eat healthier.
Portion control has been key to my success. In fact, I didn’t have to make radical alterations to my diet. I make sure I eat breakfast, and I eat more plant based foods, whole grains and lean meats. I also drink more water — lots of it – as well as cutting back on sugar. I still have occasional sweets, nothing too rigid.
Today, I weigh 139 pounds and wear small to medium clothes. I reward myself with new Zumba gear. I became a certified group exercise instructor in July 2015, and I teach 4 -5 classes per week. I am working on my personal training studies as well.
Do you want to tone up and lose weight? Don’t give up. Move something! Trying out various activities will eventually lead you to what you like the best, because if you like it you are more likely to stick with it. The Lord sent me Zumba, and I am thankful to Him for doing so.
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