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I am three days away from my 1 year anniversary! I had my plication procedure at the OCC on July 20, 2012. It has been the most amazing journey. I can not say enough positive things about the beautiful OCC (YOU changed my life! I changed MY LIFE!) and I am looking forward to going back for my 1 year post op follow up. I am going to prance, uh huh I said it, PRANCE in that door. (I will post when I schedule that, thinking mid Aug. and about the process.)

SO from my last 2 posts you know that I have been trying since March (4 months ago..) to get some sort of exercise program going. (I did not exercise one lick through my entire post plication time, up to and including yesterday. NO, that's NOT bragging). I kept hearing it said over and over again, when you're thinking about incorporating activity, make sure it's something you ENJOY doing and you are over half way there. Truer words NEVER said. To that end, I bought my much sought after highly anticipated Zumba work out DVD's! And I could NOT wait to try them! Back in March. Only I did wait. There was so much in the way. I had some serious family crisis and my energy levels were just zapped and I was in a bit of a funk there for a bit too. WELL, this is where the power of friendship comes riding in on a beautiful brown horse to save the day!

I had lunch with a good friend of mine yesterday. She started telling me about how she was really into and loved doing Zumba. Wow. I told her my story, and also confessed to her that after 1 year of utter inertia, I was afraid that I just no longer had what it took to be active. I'm 42. It was a concern. (Hubby and I used to jog 3-5 miles three times a week). She said that just wasn't the case. She was so beautifully matter of fact about it too! She said, look, you were active before and your body remembers that, so just start again and trust it to remember that. I felt really hopeful!

Didn't realize Just. How. Much. This morning, I got up. I got dressed. I went to my zumba dvd's. I popped in the 60 minute zumba fitness basics and did that. I liked it. Then I did the zumba fitness 20 minute express because I was having SO MUCH FUN shaking it and dancing that I didn't want it to end. I popped in the Zumba Fitness Cardio Party after.. Aye! I did HALF of it! 25 minutes of bomb shaking booty and the biggest hip swiveling, shoulder shaking moooooves. WoW! WHHHHEWWW! After that 25 I knew it was time for me to stop. But wow, I honestly did not even realize that I had actually just worked out for 1 hour and 45 minutes because it was fuuuuuuunnnnnn! It's the first time in my life that I haven't had the usual post workout thoughts that go like this: "ok, I did it. there. job done. when should i go again? ok. day after tomorrow?" And then feeling like i'm rolling a boulder uphill when the day after comes... LOL Nope. With THIS, I'm going to hit THAT ritmo again tomorrow because I loooooove to dance cumbia's!!!! I've been dancing them with my Mom and Tia’s at house parties since I was little and I had no idea it was so intensive in the way they roll it out with Zumba. Those, the salsas, merengues, sambas. (I'm still uhm, ah, working out Reggaeton, I'd never done that before and it kicks my butt! lol but I love it).

And I have to let those of you out there suffering with constipation bouts (like me!) in on a little something something. After my workout, I had some serious results in that arena as well. Movement is a great addition to the almonds and prunes and prune juice. I did not know. So there. I did it. I got over my hump in hip swaying shoulder shaking style. And I honor that it took me 3 days short of a year to get to the point that I honestly wanted to move my body. And now? I weighed in at 164.5 today. And I KNOW that this last 20 lbs I need to shed is as good as gone. It is a fore drawn conclusion. I'm not even bothered to know WHEN. It's as good as done because I am loving what I’ve just begun doing. Fun really is the key. And I can NOT wait to see how my body tones as a result. :) :) :) :) :) I'll be going to a wedding this weekend, and I can't wait to bust my moves!


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