Week 9 of 30lbs in 30 weeks. – .5 lbs
I am on a high. THIS is the kind of good feeling that is supposed to come out of this 30in30 experiment. What is the source of this high, you ask? Did I finally make excellent food choices all week? Did I go to the gym everyday? Did I lose a bunch of weight or do some good in the world? No and no.
What I did do was dance. For the past few days I have been coming home from work, pulling up some Zumba on YouTube, and shaking my toosh. I look ridiculous, I can’t do all the moves, and I can’t always keep up, but I am having a blast.
The first day I had a serious case of endorphins. I know we’ve all heard it and I know exercise feels good, but this feeling is truly addictive. It was better than any high I ever got at the gym.
Day 2 I couldn’t wait to get home and hear those Latin beats. I have supplemented the cardio with various arm, ab and leg exercises. It is amazing how much can be found for free on YouTube.

When I started 30in30, I said I didn’t want to lose weight by charting out a restrictive diet and exercise regimen. I wanted to find and do things that make me happy, that feel good, knowing that should lead to a healthier life. This is a great example. I love to move but just don’t like the gym. It is hard to motivate myself to go. The dance is easy. I look forward to it.
I have seen several friends lose weight and find a new obsession with yoga or biking or running or tennis. I believe they were sucessful because they found something they love. Something that becomes part of who they are. I know more that one couch potato transformed into a yoga instructor or marathon runner.
Watch out. In a few months, you just might be watching me Zumba on YouTube. I have to get that booty shake down first.
My lesson for the week:
Forget the prescriptive measures from friends and magazines. Try something new. You just might love it (and it just might work!)
Karen Propp is an artsy-fartsy digital geek who sees beauty in a different way. She chronicles the pursuit of happiness and  her weight loss project, 30lbs in 30 weeks, in a weekly feature. You can read the introduction here and follow her journey here. You can also follow Karen on twitter @karen_propp.

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