Tuesday, January 15, 2013


The last couple weeks at Zumba has been a girl I can't help but notice.

She's a good 6 feet tall
Not that I'm any good at guessing, but I'd say she weighs over 350. Maybe close to 400?
She is physically unable to do some of the moves
She is surrounded by "skinny" or at least smaller by comparison, people shaking their booties.

Yet she tries. She has come twice in a row now.

She is incredible.

I'm sure she doesn't feel it. She might feel awkward and nervous and uncomfortable and self conscious. She possibly feels like people are looking down on her. Maybe she feels overwhelmed at the journey in front of her.

She is incredible, and she may not even realize it.

She has taken the first step towards better
health...even despite all sorts of factors working against her or excuses she could so easily make.


I wish I could talk to her without coming across as creepy, annoying, pushy or crazy. I wish I could tell her how awesome she is and how great she is doing. I wish I could give her encouragement and hope. I just want to hug her and say "girl, you rock".

She is incredible. I hope she knows.
Let it be an example to all of us. You control your destiny. You choose your own choices. It's up to you to throw out the excuses and say "screw the world, I'm doing this for me and who cares what anyone thinks".

She represents so many...Obese. Overweight. 10 lbs to lose. Wanting to get fit and healthy regardless of weight. She represents it all. I may not have had as much weight to lose as she does, but she is ME. I am HER.

We should always respect and support each other. We have the same goals. The same fears. The same struggles.

We are the same.


  1. So true, we all have to stick together and help each other through our fitness journeys.

  2. I am reading this and crying. You are so right, we all struggle with the same things. I started my journey at 261 and I will never forget after my first week or two in the gym a woman came up to me and said "I just wanted to tell you good job! You are doing great!!". I will never forget that feeling as long as I live. On tough days I think of her and I keep going. Thanks for writing this:)

  3. I didn't see her this week...I hope she comes back next week! I am always amazed by her!