My Zumba Journey began in January 2012.
Just fresh out of my latest breakup, I found that working out made me feel better. I started running again and began weight lifting in an effort to lost weight, tone up, and potentially catch the eye of my ex again. I stumbled upon a Zumba class on accident when I was at the university gym one day.
In high school, I took Salsa classes at a local gym and also started attending a “dance fitness: Rumba” class. Looking back on it now, I realize it was basically a Zumba class without the name or the structure. I also took the high school curriculum dance class because I wanted to be on the dance team more than anything. I tried out for the dance company every year and didn’t make it even though I knew that I danced better than some of the girls that did. I am not cocky about a lot of things, but I KNOW I am a great dancer.
Once I discovered Zumba, I was hooked. Not only did I feel better because I was working out, but I felt sexier. It gave me the confidence boost I needed to get over my ex and realize that it really wasn’t me that was the problem.
Upon graduation from college, I started taking dance classes at Dance Austin Studio. I LOVED it and my boyfriend saw how happy it made me. The only thing was that the cost wasn’t really in my budget and I was already paying for a gym membership on top of that. So instead, I immersed myself in the gym and Zumba when I wasn’t at work or doing organization events.
When my grandfather passed away in September 2012, I stopped going to the gym. I started to gain weight and was so upset that he had to go that I started to go through depression. My boyfriend hated being around me and on top of that I started hating myself. I would find any reason to fight. I would cry all the time and I would eat to make myself feel better. I was baking a lot and eating almost everything I baked.
In January 2013, I promised my boyfriend that I would go back to the gym because he was convinced that that would make me feel better. The gym helped me, but honestly Zumba saved me. I was dancing again while working out and I felt so GOOD. I couldn’t wait for the next class. Slowly I started getting back into shape and along with that I started eating healthier. 2013 was my “comeback” year and I knew how much Zumba meant to me.
I found out that I could eventually become a licensed Zumba instructor and made it a goal for me to become one one day. I finally became a licensed instructor on February 28, 2014. I was so happy and ready to get started. I wanted to be that person to make a change in someone’s life for the better.
After months of looking for a Zumba gig, I finally found my place at a local YMCA and am so happy to be there!! I love my students and hope that they will love my class. I plan on posting more of my Zumba Journey soon.