WHAT'S YOUR RHYTHM?
RHYTHM FITNESS TO ME IS THIS…
Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect, it simply means that you decided to look beyond the imperfections in life, but I find my happiness through rhythm.
I decided to open Rhythm Fitness because I want to help people who have the same problems as I did. I don’t want them to go through it alone. Even though starting a fitness journey is somewhat of an alone walk, I want them to know that they can come to me with any struggles that they may have because I have been there before. I want to able to help you in any way that I can. We have stick together and help each other, pick each other up when we are down. When you’re down, come feel the rhythm with me. We all have our bad days but when I get on that floor and feel the rhythm for that 1 hour, my worries do go away and feel better about myself because instead of stuffing my face with food because I’m emotional, I dance because I’m emotional and burn calories in the process! It’s a win/win.
Let’s try to create a healthy lifestyle together.
I have been a pretty chunky girl all my life. I am Dominican and as you know we love to eat some Rice & Beans with some Pollo Guisado boy! Carbs are the main source of food, along with fried plantains with salami. Salad was served at dinner, no every day though. My mother did not really instill good eating habits. During my teenage years I was a member of the local Lynn YMCA worked out a little, rode my bike around and rollerbladed a little. But what I love the most was dance. I was part of a few groups. Optimistic Youth Theater, Latin Angels, did work with the Wang Center. Being part of these programs kept me kind of fit. I weighed about 175 lbs at my heaviest in high school, but I was never as fit as I wanted to be. Not long after high school, I did have my first child. During pregnancy I went up to 220 lbs. As a new mom and a working adult I just didn’t know how to get back into shape. I mean I knew that I had to exercise and eat right, but I just didn’t know how to balance being a new mom, wife and how to balance a work schedule. So the weight just kept adding on. I swear I made up every excuse not make the changes that were necessary for me to get healthy again. BOTTOM LINE I didn’t care about myself enough to do what was right for me.
For reasons that I care to admit, I also suffered from depression. This just caused me to eat through my emotions. I didn’t want to go anywhere. I just wanted to watch T.V. and eat my way through my sadness. I tried diets here and there, and they worked by u never committed to myself enough see it through. I just didn’t think I was worth it. Something would always happen to throw me off the path I was on and I made up every excuse in the book not to get back on it. But there were times that it just couldn’t be done. I did go through a lot of yo yo diets, but always fell short. Maybe it’s because I never stuck through it. I would fall into depression again and eat my way through my emotions. I got married and had my daughter. I was 297 lbs when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter.
I was so scared about developing Diabetes with her that I did eat very healthy and the day I had her I was 271 lbs. While on maternity leave, I did go down to about 255lbs. I was doing an OK job maintaining that but then life happens. Certain things went downhill and here I went again with my eating. Before I knew it was 336lbs. I never wanted to look in the mirror. My husband could barely get me out of the house. I just worked and went home and took care of my family. Nothing more. I was always feeling tired and could not keep up with my little ones. I had a lot of back pain that then travelled down to my legs. Being this heavy comes with its problems. Back pain, knee pain, not being able to stand up for long periods of time. I also had bad eyesight, a non-malignant tumor that caused my brain to fill with fluid and strain the nerves behind my eyes. Doctors told me that if I didn’t lose the weight, that I would go blind at a young age. You would think that knowing this would stop me from eating, but NO! All I did was complain about how I looked but never did anything about it. One morning I woke up with the worst back pain ever. I had to use the bathroom. I don’t want to admit it but this is where I hit rock bottom. Sitting there in the bathroom, I just couldn’t wipe myself. Being so big and in that much pain, I just couldn’t reach behind me!! I cried so much that day! That’s when I made a vow to myself that I was going to do something about this and make it a priority to take care of myself. But then the question was where do I start? I knew that I wasn’t able to do this alone. I knew that I was going to need some help.
So I looked into Gastric Bypass Surgery. I had looked at it before but the risks always held me back and lied to myself and always said that I could do it on my own. But the joke was on me. Trust me getting the surgery wasn’t easy. I had a lot hurdles to jump over before I could get this procedure done. I had to go through therapy to help me get better and deal with the fact that eating my way through my emotions wasn’t the way to resolve my overweight problem. Needless to say I had the surgery in July 2010 and lost a tremendous amount of weight. I plateaued at around 185-190 lbs. But even though I did look better I wasn’t feeling any better. My knees stopped hurting but the back pain still persisted to the point that my husband couldn’t even hug me it was so bad. My doctor recommended to try physical therapy, but the thought of someone touching me just made me cringe. He also had suggested that I work on strengthening my core. Of course I’m like what??!! Lay on my back??! Out of the question! I said to myself. So I decided to go back to my roots. DANCE. I figured that I would start there. I always wanted to try a Zumba class, so I figured I’d start there. I tried it and fell in love with it. I also picked up Piloxing. I was addicted to the both, I couldn’t get enough of it. I tried Yoga. I like that too. Before I knew it I was addicted to fitness. I CAN PLANK! I loved how it made me feel. I wasn’t as stressed out anymore, I felt better emotionally about myself. I loved how strong I was getting. I had accomplished so much in a short period of time with the help of the studio I was attending of course. I learned how to eat better and now I’m 164lbs. I feel so good. Exercising has become such an outlet for me. It is now a lifestyle. I have met so many great people along this journey. It has been simply amazing. A few of them told me that I should teach. I didn’t think so at first, but why not? I pondered at the thought and the more I thought about it, it just made much more sense. I’m just like a lot of women who share the same everyday struggles. I don’t want do want for them to go through it alone.