APRIL BABE OF THE MONTH
Occupation: Retired, but part-time after school and free Summer food program site supervisor
Hobbies: Reading, dancing salsa, and Zumba
Team Member For: October or November 2012
Fitness Goals: Living a healthy lifestyle in my senior years through exercise and smart diet choices.
What advice would you give? Persevere! I have been doing zumba since 2009, sometimes I feel discouraged because I think I should be thinner, slimmer, stronger. In 2008, I vowed I would become a Salsa instructor. At times, I’ve felt that I’ve failed myself for not achieving those things I wanted so much to accomplish. But I’m pushing, I’m going forward, it’s not too late. So to anyone who reads this, I say, stay the course, don’t give up, you can do it! I know I can still be a Salsa instructor, why not?!
How do you stay motivated? Songs! There’s a particular Christian song in Spanish that says that when you know God, everyday is an adventure. I can walk through the shadows, I can cross the ocean, I can walk on water, if You (Lord), go with me. So, when I’m tired, aching from arthritis and back pain and don’t feel like exercising or doing Zumba, I say to myself “puedo hacer lo imposible, si Tu conmigo vas” (I can do the impossible if You, Lord, go with me). That’s one of the reasons I keep singing the songs in Spanish during Zumba, they keep me going. At almost 65 years-old, I am one of the oldest Zumba Babes, but being around the younger Babes keeps me going, keeps me motivated and inspired. These ladies I’ve come to know are awesome and amazing, so glad to be in their company. And to you, Cherisse, I say you’re the greatest of motivators, and you do play favorites, because you make everyone of us feel as if we’re your favorite Zumba Babe. Thank you Dear!
How would you describe M2I classes? M2I is a place where I decompress after a stressful day. I get to workout and have fun while in the company of a group of amazing women that truly love and support each other. Cleo and Cherisse, thank you for all that you do for the Zumba Babes!