Sharon Denise Powell, news assistant, Eastern Wake News and Clayton News-Star, writes: My quest to reach a healthy weight, strengthen my muscles, get ready for the MS Walk-a-thon next March and live to be 100, continues.
Zumba is the new craze. Two of my cousins are Zumba fanatics. Even my daughter goes to Zumba Classes. When I saw an email announcing four weeks of Zumba Classes by my employer I was happy to know that there was a class I could take. The first class is tonight (Wednesday). I’m stuck at work – is this a good thing maybe, I’m not sure?
Do I really want to do this? I’m not sure. I used to take aerobic classes so I think I can do this. After all I take long walks/runs with my dog. Zumba shouldn’t be that difficult. Still, I hesitate. Why? I admit that of late I have had some difficulty sticking to commitments. I made a promise to myself that I would eat more vegetables and eat three healthy meals a day. I haven’t exactly stuck with that plan. Last night I skipped dinner and instead had lots and lots of peanuts and chocolate candy. Breakfast this morning was my trusty cup of coffee and a peanut butter and apple jelly sandwich. What can I say, I’m not in the navy anymore and my discipline is on a hanger in my closet with my navy uniforms.
I have to be willing to get in my car this afternoon and drive from my office in Zebulon to the N&O Building downtown. My car is on automatic pilot and, like me, would rather head to my house in Northeast Raleigh.
Today, I read that adults who remember physical education as a bad experience don’t like to exercise. I hated PE. I was always the last one off the bleachers when we played basketball – I couldn’t hit the backboard, nor make a free throw. Is this why I’m not thrilled about going to an exercise class even though I know it will help me?
I do have an excuse today. I have a deadline to meet and I may not have time to go. This is a legitimate excuse, but I think I’m just a bit too relieved that I can’t go.
I’m ashamed, I say I want to take the MS Walk next fall. I also say I want to be physically fit and yet I can’t push myself to go to an exercise class.
I wish I’d had a better experience in high school PE. I will try harder next week.
UPDATE – Thursday, I didn’t make it to class.