Salsa, Merengue, Raggaeton, Fibro Fog…



It’s hard to believe it was only a year ago that I was writing about Ultimate Fitness and their annual Zumbathon.  Yesterday marked their fifth annual Zumbathon and once again, it was a blast.

I re-read my post from last year and had to laugh.  I noticed I wrote a lot about my nervousness when I went on with fellow students to do a song with one of the instructors.  It’s hard to believe that a year later I was leading my own crew as an instructor…and yes…I was still a little nervous.

About ten minutes before I went on with my crew, I had a MAJOR fibro fog moment and couldn’t remember my song.  *gulp* I have done the song a thousand times and still blanked out.   Fibro fog moments can be so irritating.  A thousand things go through your mind except the ONE thing you want to remember.

*How much time do we have before we go on?  Do I have time to practice?*

*Oh no!  Now I have to pee.  Do I have time to practice AND find a bathroom?*

*Come on Jennifer, you know this…you just did it in class Wednesday you dummy!*

 I went to the dressing room, googled the song as quickly as I could to listen and get my memory back.


Crisis diverted.  (Well sort of…I only forgot one move…thought I’d played it off until one of my crew members behind me giggled.  And THEY were worried about forgetting it…sheesh). 

I know it sounds generic and I probably sound like a walking advertisement, but I genuinely don’t know what my life would be like if I wasn’t involved with Zumba.

People seem confused about why I intentionally push my body when it may mean extra pain.  It’s hard to explain that if I don’t move and don’t push myself a little bit, my pain would be much worse. 

Yes.  After three hours of Zumba I hurt.  Was it pain I couldn’t handle?  Nope.  Did my pain slow me down?  No way.  Was it worth being a little extra fatigued and have little extra pain today?  YES!  My fibro is already to battle three hours next year!

I feel very proud of myself to not let fibro keep from becoming a Zumba instructor.  I had the opportunity with this Zumbathon to meet other instructors from all over Indiana.  I got some great advice while talking with them, was inspired by their different teaching styles, and laughed a lot with them.  It was a really fun day.  I feel very blessed with the friendships Zumba has brought me.  I can’t imagine how dull my life would be without such a hyper, funny, and caring group of people in it.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ~Ty~
    Mar 26, 2012 @ 02:09:02

    So proud of you! You’re absolutely right, the best thing you can do for your body is to MOVE! Keep shaking & grooving & inspiring others. You rock! 🙂


  2. ~Ty~
    Mar 26, 2012 @ 02:12:25

    Reblogged this on Practical Fitness With Ty.


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