Zumba, Zumba

I have always struggled with my weight. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t feel overweight, even elementary school. We ate healthy (I was a vegetarian growing up even, we rarely had fast food and sweets were definitely a special treat, not an every day thing.)

My parents were always supportive and loving, no matter my weight, but it still was something that always bothered me and continues to today. I think as I’ve gotten older it has bothered me less and less.

There have been countless diets but none really worked. I’ve joked that the only time I’ve ever really been able to lose more than just 10 pounds was when I became extraordinarily ill in Bangladesh and lost more than 50 pounds.

At this point my focus isn’t weight, instead I’m focusing on being and feeling healthier. I want to be able to chase Miles around the playground, have enough energy to climb up and down off the floor the 25 times he wants to do it in one hour alternating between playing trains and reading books. I want to be around to play with my grandkids. And most of all I want to be a good example for my son so he grows up to be healthy.

And ever since I got pregnant there has been a huge change in lifestyle habits. Where as before we tried to mostly eat healthy and walked/exercised occasionally now it is intentional. Miles eats as close to a whole foods diet as I can manage which means we eat much healthier too. And earlier in the year I stepped up my exercise game from nightly walks to going to Zumba two to three days a week.

Zumba is described as a “dance party.” I don’t know if I would call it that, but it gets me moving, sweating and breathing hard. I have NO rhythm, seriously, none. Ask my husband. And I’m terrible at remembering “steps.” I’ve learned though, as long as I’m moving I’m good. I may feel ridiculous and know I’m completely out of step, but I’m OK with it. And I feel better after.

What do you do to stay healthy? Have any fitness tips? What’s your favorite healthy eating recipe?

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