A WEIGHTED CONFESSION
I weighed 95 pounds all throughout college. I would see food and not have the slightest bit of interest in it. I walked all the time in the sprawling Ateneo campus since I had no car. I was fit , healthy and happy. Then in law school, everything changed. I spent all of my time studying. My constant companions were thick law books , codals and sadly, junk food. Eating was the way I coped with stress but still I managed to gain just a few pounds.
Over the years however, I kept on packing the weight and then would have bursts of guilt so I would exercise. I joined a fitness club but got bored easily. Then I had a baby three years ago which gave me another excuse not to move. I got sickly and my sugar levels skyrocketed. As I sank deeper and deeper into complacency and the mindset “I’ll exercise tomorrow,” I felt more and more helpless.
MY FIRST STEP
Then, last Saturday, I attended the opening of BEYOND (yoga, anti gravity and fitness) Studio in Greenhills with my girlfriend. We were warmly greeted by one of the owners / Zumba instructor Sharon Yu. The studio was already a –buzz with positive energy. International fitness trainer Jake Ferre’s yoga class had just ended and the dance class I had signed up for was about to start. I squeezed in a quick chat with Jake. “The key to getting started is to take baby steps – walk around the neighborhood, bike, swim—just MOVE! Find something that you enjoy doing. Having a fit body enables you to function and deal with stress.”
I felt a wave of excitement overcome me as the class started. Zumba is a dance fitness program that involves aerobic movements. Sharon told the class “I will not teach the moves step-by-step. Just follow and find your rhythm. There are no mistakes in this class –only unexpected solos!”
THE ROAD TO FITNESS
My journey to personal fitness has certainly been an uphill battle . But this girl is not quite ready to throw in the towel just yet … and neither should anyone of you who are similarly situated as I. Last Saturday’s class made me feel alive and happy! I have decided to set an appointment with myself at least twice a week. I have rediscovered my love for dancing. Teacher Sharon was correct “I’m warning you– ZUMBA is addicting!”