So as I am writing this post I am picturing the cast of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, but instead of yelling Oooompah I am yelling Zumba.
Most of you know I broke my shoulder in July and while it was not a situation where I needed surgery or a cast it was a traumatic event for me. I had to constantly ask for help. I couldn’t do anything the way I had done it in the past. So I did what any completely stubborn person would do. I stopped doing everything.
When I was cleared in September I tried to get back into the swing of things, but it honestly hurt quite a bit to do anything I had done in the past and again it was frustrating. I could see my fitness level decreasing and my pants size increasing (not to mention my bra size, but I will save that for another post). So the logical thing to do in this situation would be to find a new outlet or to find a new way of doing things. But I am a creature of habit. I don’t like new ways of doing things when it comes to working out. It is sort of the same reason why I don’t prefer to try new foods. I know what works, just like I know what tastes good. If I try something new it might be a disappointment. It might not work. So I don’t want to try it.
Luckily I was in an apartment with an eliptical runner and I found a workout buddy (thanks Holly!) that will work on the same erratic schedule that I do(no not the elliptical machine, and I am not my own workout partner…there is actually another Holly involved) . The elliptical was short lived, but it did jump start my re-entrance to the world of exercise. So that brings me to my title. ZUMBA!!!
It really is ditching the workout for the party. If for no other reason than to laugh at my own remedial dance skills. I still have shoulder pain, but honestly I am having so much fun that I keep coming back anyway and apparently it is obvious I am having fun because my entire family joined the party last night.
Now, I have to be honest. It isn’t roller derby and it won’t replace the hole that leaving roller derby has left in me. But at least it gets me up and moving. So although I won’t be posting any pics of my new endeavor any time soon I just want to send the message to others out there that if you have “fallen off the eliptical” you can hop right back on there and find something that works for you, and start to find your way back to being you again.
Have a great day!