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I have lost 118 pounds and have maintained the weight loss for two years. One of the things I have learned during the weight loss process is that it is much easier to reach and maintain your goal weight if you surround yourself with like-minded individuals to support you in the process (whether they be in person or online).

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Try West African Dance!

A friend of mine invited me to go to a West African dance class. Since I had no idea what this might entail I confirmed with her that it would be a beginners class. She affirmed yes. I figured how difficult could it be I’ve been taking Zumba classes twice a week for the last 8 months! 

A few hours before the class I went on the dance studios website to get the address to input into Hopstop. If you live in the city and haven’t used Hopstop you must try it. It works like MapQuest but for mass transit. So while getting the address I figured I would look at all the classes offered at the dance studio. To my dismay I saw the class I was about to go to was an intermediate class! I immediately sent a snarky text message to my friend upon which time she stated, “You’ll be fine.” Fine I thought! Hmmm.

When I arrived my friend gave me a wraparound skirt to wear over my exercise pants. Isn’t this going to be difficult to move in I thought to myself! Great, not only do I not know what I’m doing but my movement is going to be restricted by a wraparound skirt! By the way, West Africans call this wrap around skirt a Lappa.

 I was happily surprised when we entered the dance studio. There were three drummers who were to play music as we danced. Wow! All I’ve ever experienced in dance classes is an iPod attached to a sound system. I also noticed everyone was bare foot.  Just like yoga I thought.

The class was amazing. Some of the steps I had previously done in Zumba but the majority of the steps were new and intriguing. I definitely build up a sweat during the class. I definitely plan on attending an African dance class again. 

During my weight loss process I’ve learned that one way to sustain ones interest in physical activity is to continually introduce new activities. Hummmm…… What will be next, maybe belly dancing??

To learn more about African dance check out these two videos:

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