Well at least I can say I tried it…

I’ve finally got back into the routine of working out regularly and thought I would try something new…..with all the fitness class options I figured I might as well take advantage of them all so I decided to step out of my comfort zone and try Zumba! As I watched a bunch of old ladies walk out of the class last week soaked in sweat I figured it could be fun….and how hard could it be right?!

I can’t help but laugh at myself after such an embarrassing failed attempt. I walked in not really knowing what to expect but assumed I would at least be able follow along, knowing full well it would not be a pretty sight to see. The instructor walked in, turned the music on and started right into the routine without a simple “Hello, welcome to my class”, “Is anyone new tonight?” or even a rundown of how she runs her class. I thought that alone was pretty rude and unprofessional considering the class is associated with a gym that gets new members daily. It started out simple enough but just as I started to get the moves down she turned it up 5 notches and i felt like i was in the middle of a Latin flash mob. She didn’t have a headset on and there was no instruction whatsoever. I was literally standing there in shock while everyone continued on with the routine around me as I quickly realized I was the only newbie.

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I think I lasted a total of 15 minutes before I thew the towel in a walked out. I went to the treadmill (without any headphones) ran a quick two miles so I wouldn’t feel completely worthless and headed home in time to catch Greys and enjoy the last little bit of Fro Yo left in the freezer. Although not at all the night I had planned, it turned out to be okay.

As the saying goes, “you learn something new everyday.” I actually learned two things from that experience: 1. I will not be attending any Zumba classes in the near future and 2. When I become a fitness instructor, I will never start my class without even introducing myself or giving everyone a warm welcome.

Positive thoughts vs. Negative thoughts

In my studies at IIN, something very simple has stuck with me, however it’s been like that annoying fly in the room that no matter what you do you just can’t find the resolution. It buzzes around, you might forget about it for a while, but then next thing you know it’s pestering you agin annoying as ever. You want to get rid of it, but how?….. That’s the question I’m faced with. This morning it really struck me again when I first woke up. The very fist thought that popped into my head was “this sucks, I don’t want to get up….I hate Mondays”. Mind you I got 8 hours of sleep the night before. My mood was sour all morning. It is astonishing to think of all my thoughts throughout my days and compare the positive vs. negative. For me, I have discovered that the negative thoughts in my head far outweigh the positive. Now, I never really considered myself a pessimistic person, however I gave come to terms and admitting that apparently I am. At least I’m becoming more aware… that’s good, right?Throughout my lessons in my class, numerous speakers have touched on this topic of positive thoughts and it really makes sense. It’s so simple that negative thoughts take up so much energy and really get you nowhere. So why is it so hard for me to start thinking more positively and less negatively?

Friendships.

Part of my TESOLS curriculum today involved relationships and I thought the description of friendship was spot on.

Friendships are necessary to our emotional well-being and enrich our lives through their assuring presence. Friends help each other deal with problems. Good friends make time for one another and lay aside other duties in order to help, regardless of circumstances. Good friendships meet a critical requirement in good relationships: the needs of both parties—most notably the need for companionship—are met through the relationship.

Friendships grow with honesty. Friends share personal thoughts and feelings with each other. They take off the mask of calculated impressions and reveal their true selves. Friends also advise and criticize. They tell each other what is both painful and needful so that greater pain might be avoided.

Friends are trustworthy. Friends trust each other with their true selves and risk revealing themselves to one another in ways they might not share within other close relationships. The sharing is based upon a mutual trust and discretion in handling each other’s personal information. 

A friend is loyal. Friends empathize with each other and assist each other through troubling times. Through compassion, one friend feels the misfortune suffered by the other. Likewise, the successes of one are celebrated together.