Sep 20, 2009
In a previous life i gymmed 5 days a week - 2 hours per session, watched everything that i ate and drank and eventually it became my life. I always said no to any after work engagements because i was going to the gym. That was my life - sometimes a gym class before work, always a gym session after work, get home for 8pm, cook, eat , a little tv and bed, and then do it all again the next day.
Then one day i decided that there was more to life than that. I had no real friends because i never had the time to spare. I slowly quit the gym, took up more after work invitations, made new friends and started living my life.
Eventually this became my downfall - eating out 4 nights a week soon piles on the pounds. One year after quitting the gym i was 13stone. I had put on over 2.5 stones in a year!!! My ideal weight is between 10st 2lbs and 10st 6lbs. I decided that i was not going on a beach holiday until i lost the excess weight, so didn't holiday for 2 years :-(
This summer i went to Spain on a city break and although i really enjoyed it, i wanted to get back into my bikinis.
So i decided that although i want to lose weight i don't want to go back to the gym to do it, and as I love Latin music I took up Salsa lessons at the end of July. I go once maybe twice a week and its great fun, but doesn't give me the cardio boost that i need.
After 'youtubing', i came across Zumba Fitness (OneTallBeauty), and i was hooked. It doesn't feel like exercise. Its like a party. Zumba instructors are few and far between in the UK but I've now managed to find 3 instructors in and around Central London, and it gives me as good a buzz as any other form of exercise i've tried before.