1. Sometimes it’s ok to quit. Saturday I was doing Zumba on the XBox. The mix had a bunch of difficult songs in them (i.e.. including a lot of belly-dancing moves, a lot of fancy footwork, turning to the sides and around, or worse — all of the above); and I was getting 3-4 stars instead of my more recent 5’s. My energy was low, and I was angry, frustrated, and miserable. So I stopped. I had made it through 6 or 7 songs, which was around 20 minutes. It was not a great workout, but it was good enough for one day, and by stopping I kept myself from never wanting to do Zumba again.
2. Sometimes you have to finish. On the other hand, today I picked Zumba up again and attempted the same routine. My energy was better, and I thought I was following the instructors better — but I was still getting low scores. Was it because I hadn’t eaten yet? Or a problem with the Kinect sensor? It didn’t matter. Because this time I knew I was going to finish. I was going to settle for my 4-star average so that I could check this routine off my list. And hopefully I would improve on those difficult songs a little more for next time they popped up. So, I made my way through it and got a good workout.
3. Everyone needs exercise! Last week I was talking with someone about how I need those laps inside the school building, how I really need the exercise. Then I got the up-and-down once over and the “Youdon’t need exercise!” I know where she was coming from, and I know how I may have come across, but the point I want to make is — I absolutely do need exercise! Everyone does! Why should big people have all the fun?? I think we have this mentality as a society (and I can be included in this) that only people who aren’t skinny need exercise. That’s crazy talk! I have always had a slimmer build, but that doesn’t mean that I’ve always been healthy. I feel great physically these days, but I know it’s because I’m making a point to exercise daily as much as possible. Though my weight very rarely ever fluctuates, when I don’t exercise, I am miserable and lethargic — or miserable and pent-up, just as much as any other person of any other body type. There is no point that any person can arrive to and say: “Ah! Great! Done! No need to exercise anymore.”
So, go on, then! Do your thing! Keep up the great work!