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05/15/2012 04:51 PM

OK I did it again remember the zumba shoes i won?

Adewyn
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well there is a transformation contest with zumba now and i wanted to share the letter i wrote to them First here is the particulars of what i am speaking of

Before & After: Show us YOUR Zumba Fitness Weight Loss Transformation!!

Are you ready to tell the world your story? If so, pull up an email and send the following to Jeff.respress@zumbamail.com and you may end up on TV!

- Personal photos or home video of yourself before Zumba Fitness, and

- Photos and a video that express the way you look and FEEL right now!

Be sure to send your submissions (and questions) to Jeff by midnight, Thursday, May 17. Good luck everyone and keep on rockin'!

and this is the letter i sent in along with alot of before and after pictures

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Hi Jeff,

I hope this is not to long for you but i have to give a little background before the story begins..

In 2008 I got sick with a double ear infection and pnemonia...The ear s got better but they didnt think the ungs did... on top of all of this i had severe body pain and fevers.. this dragged on from Sept to December when i got so bad i couldnt walk.... it was struggle to get up and do anything...As you can imagine i went to many doctors, pulmnologist, cardioligist, infectious disease and a rhematoligist...they could not find what was wrong...rhematoligist sent me to 2 S specialist becase of the pain the lack of walking the fevers etc etc....FInally i had enough... and told the rhematoligist i need to try something i need to get back to walking again i cant live like this.. she didnt want to diagnose me with Fibromyalgia because alot of the medical proffessionals dont believe in the disease (but it is real) so i was put on LYrica and Flexril and i stil wentt o doctors to rule ourt seizures and a few other diseases.. and the medicine started working where my pain went from over the top cant move pain to 4 or 5 pain (which is where my pain stays at (for the most part) all these test and not being able to move (picture hunchback of Notre Dam) with a shuffle gimp walk) that was me...I had no mobility left no strength left in my muscles... I was bed ridden for 3 months of this time...I got myself up and walking on the tread mill i went from 1.2 mph(shows you how bad i was) to 2.5 in a years time.. yeah it too a long to build up to that.. but i did it.. I had gained 70 pounds on my small 5'4" frame and weighed 210 pounds...I had NEVER ever benn this big in my life EVER... i use to teach Dance aerobics before getting sick....I had enough...we are up to december 2010 and i made a decision that Jan 1st it was it.. back to the gym... ad really try and get the weight off ad really get my mobility back.. i saw my gym had add a new class called Zumba.. LOL Now remember i can barely move and on can walk 2.5 mph with a little stride cant reach over my head the highest my hands could go was to my shoulders..(yes i was this bad ) of course my hsband supported what ever i wanted to do... So Jan 3rd 2011 I walked into my first ZUmba class with a great teacher named Sallie Wearst...I told her what was going on with me so she would be worried by my lack of movements... she was like no worries do what you can... oh ok cool...I did my best really couldnt do alot of the moves but it was FUN i was sweaty and tired and very painflly sore... and mad... mad because my body failed me and now i have to rebuild it.. these steps are familiar to me and i love to dance always loved dancing ... i left there and kept going back 4 times a week then she add more classes in march and FINALLY the weight was starting to come off.. OMG really? I am really doing this.. my meds are working (still in pain all day every day) but i was doing it.. my hips were starting move.. my ars were reaching a little higher.. my feet and legs were getting stronger i was doing the step touch and the cumbias and up on my toes (was the best i could do for jumping at the time ) i moved side to side better... i was coming alive again.. my resolve to lose the weight and show people with fibro that we can live with this disease... just need to find something you love and do it even if it hurts.... but October 2011 i was walking talk straight and had a stride was able to jump slide salsa.. so i went got Licensed as a Zumba instructor Proudest day of my life... I did it I had lost 45 pounds by that time and i was and still not done with this journey... i moved from New Englad to NC andhad just blossomed because the weather is better for my disease i can move more...I am telling Zumba saved my life... I talk about Zumba all the time.. I am trying to get teaching jobs now because i have lost 52 pounds as to date... ad can move like when i was teaching dance Aerobics.... i am currently going for my group fitness certifcation and then from there personal training and sport nutrition....I was on this path before i got sick and let all my certifaction go because i NEVER ever thought i would be able to do any of this ever again.... But Thanks to zumba I am back on track and doing what i love.. i am inspiring my Fibromyalgia friends to move it and they are starting weight challenges all on there own.... My friends in New England are so supportive of me and my progress they are doing weight challanges too and told me If i can do it they can do it.. no excuses... Zumab will never really know how much you have given back to me... i seriously owe my life to Zumba and being there when i need it the most..... and I am proud to say I am a ZUMBA instructor....... and i tell people It saved my life.... I even went on my first strenous hike 2 weeks ago and did it like a champ...and i am so proud of my accomplishments ad how far i have come from a beaten down girl with a illness that will effect me for the rest of my life to a woman that can conquer the world.... Thank you Zumba for saving my life and giving me the self esteem.. the movement.. the flavor... and the love of dance back in my life.. ZUMBA!!!!

I have enclosed a few picture of before and now...

Thank you for reading my story!!

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05/16/2012 05:48 AM
hatbox121
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Awesome!

05/16/2012 03:28 PM
MoiraWolf
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That's such a difference!! Wow! I'm jealous!

05/16/2012 04:53 PM
Adewyn
Adewyn  
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52 pounds and many many inches and alot of sweat and crying (alot of crying) and i still cry in classes lol... it hurt to look good LOL i figure if i have to hurt every day might as well look good doing it Smile
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