This is me and ZES (Zumba Education Specialist) Jani Roberts who taught the B1 class today. She is the absolute coolest and when I grow up I can only hope to be half as awesome as she is. Training was so much fun and I learned a lot, and even met some pretty incredible people. Jani asked who had lost more than 50 pounds doing Zumba, and I almost did not stand up when she asked those people to stand up. The person beside me who I know from the gym encouraged me to stand up, and I am glad I did because I had the chance to share my story with the people there. It felt good, although I nearly cried because again, I am a friggin' basket case. The master class in the morning was incredible, the energy was infectious, it was just an absolute blast. I really tried to take it all in and try to get as much out of the training as possible. I loved learning the rhythms, and the drills that we did, I just loved everything about the training. I even stood in line afterwards for nearly an hour to buy myself some Zumba gear, including a t-shirt that says "Instructor" on the back. I am so glad I went and I'm glad that I have made my way back from my recent visit to Crazy Town. I was on a "Zumba High" as one person called it and I had so much energy after the training, that I even went to the last half of my friend's Zumba class this evening. I got to see some friends/blog readers after class who have been so awesome and supportive of me through all of this. I had a great chat with my friend about it all and I showed her the picture I posted above. She suggested I post another before/after again, so I am going to post an updated version. You can see the first side by side I posted here and the story that goes with it.
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