classes and what it was?
My first class was to support my cousin who went to Kelly’s classes and Kelly was doing a
charity night in aid of “Missing Abroad” as her son is missing in France, this was a 2 hour Zumbathan and I promised my cousin I would dance to the first song and the last song and in between planned to sit with my mom, who had recently had a stroke and offer support and morale to everyone else. However I did not stop for 40 minutes and loved it, I sat with my mom as I felt bad for leaving her and she told me to go and enjoy myself. I danced on and off for the rest of the session and loved it, at the end of the night there was a charity raffle and I won a bottle of wine and 2 free tickets for Kelly’s classes !!! A good night was had.
How did you feel about exercise before then, what was your
I am ashamed to say I was a couch potato, I left school did a few keep fit classes but they did not last long and for 20 years have done nothing.
What classes do you go to now and how often have you been
I went to Zumba weekly at first, with my free tickets, and loved the classes, after a while I began to go to 2 classes a week. Kelly then introduced a brilliant system of paying by Direct Debit, which
encouraged me to go to more classes, so whenever I can I take my lunch hour early and go to one of her morning Zumba classes and then go to work, I am really lucky to have this flexibility in my job but it really sets me up for the day. I now without fail go to 3 classes on a Monday, Zumba, HIIT and Pilates and on a Thursday 2 classes of Zumba and yoga.
How do you feel about exercise since you started going to Kelly’s classes, can you tell us about both the physical and mental changes it’s made?
No one can believe that my social life now revolves around Monday and Thursday being a
“no go” as these are my exercise days!!!! If I don’t do my classes my body really feels it, it used to be a concern when Kelly went on her holidays but now Bev takes over so the routine is kept, which is brilliant. After a few months of Zumba I could notice the difference in my joints, I have really
bad knees due to a childhood accident and was told I needed a knee operation 4 years ago, however, I really don’t want surgery as I am afraid, and had read that exercise and getting good muscles helps the knee joints, but never did anything about it, until the Zumbathan and I soon found out this was true, within a few months my knees hurt less, yes they ached after I exercised initially, but a few days later the improvement in my ability to climb stairs was amazing. On days
out with my children now I am not suffering after for a few days with pain in my knees, but feel great. Also I used to be on 3 blood pressure tablets, and I am now on 1½ which is something that has made me feel really proud, instead of my tablets controlling me I am controlling them and have gained control of my own body. Also over 2 years I have lost 2 stone and not put it back on, and whenever I do put on some weight through enjoying myself, I simply try to do
more classes and within weeks I have lost it again.
What’s your favourite class?
8 months ago I started yoga, and about 3 weeks ago during class, Kelly shouted “Maria – perfect”, I was so chuffed and pleased I wanted to punch the air and shout – but I would have lost my perfect pose!!!! Yoga is a brilliant class, it is really challenging and difficult at times, and sometimes I feel sad that I can’t do the poses as easily as others do, but Kelly always reminds us that it’s about our bodies and not a competition with anyone else, and I have gained confidence to do what I can and enjoy feeling the changes in my body and ability. My flexibility is brilliant I can touch my toes now something that my 15 year old daughter can’t!!!! I really cannot say what my favourite class is as I would be lost without any of them, Zumba is fun and like a party and HIIT is just brilliant and I get such a sense of achievement every time I finish the class and Pilates is just beginning so who knows what benefits this class will bring but I know it will be something.
Have your family noticed any changes in you?
Well my husband mostly, as he cuddles me!!! But yes, my mom, dad and sister are always
complimenting me on my weight loss and are really pleased about my medication being reduced.
On days out with my children, I have more energy and can get involved in a lot more activities with them and am not worn out the next day!!! I still have a long way to go but I am confident in my ability and my support mechanism from home, Kelly and new friends I have made in class that I can get to a more manageable weight level and a good fitness level. My GP has said that I have added years to my life and wishes she could find the time to come to the classes!!!
You have starting to use the Forever Living Products that Kelly has available to buy; can you tell us what you use and how you find them?
Kelly first started promoting Forever Living Products in April and explained that she had been contacted by lots of organisations before to promote their products, but had not liked the
products, however, she had been using Forever Living Products herself and with her family and the benefits were good. She spoke about a 9 day detox she was planning to do and other people signed up to do it with Kelly and I was of the opinion that I would never cope without food for 2 days so I could not do it. I am currently on my 2nd 9 day detox!!!! I observed Kelly and others around who had taken the challenge and they were all still doing classes and looking great, no one was reporting angry outbursts from lack of coffee etc, so I was intrigued, I researched it on
Kelly’s website and spoke to Kelly, who explained the process more. As I was on blood pressure tablets I had to seek advice from my GP, my GP wanted blood tests done and before I knew it was July before I could plan 9 days to do the plan. I was eager to start; at this point I had lost 2 stone since joining Kelly’s classes and wanted a bit of a boost. I lost 1 stone in 9 days, 35cm and felt amazing. I am on my 2nd detox and have lost 13 ½ lb and feel amazing and happy. However,
during my hols I forgot to take my Freedom Drinking Gel, something I have been taking for a few months now and after 3 days I could hardly move, my knees were in agony. So this Gel is amazing
too and I must admit I have tried to take Glucosamine several times before, but either forgot or hated the taste of the liquid, but this is fine and as you have to take it on an empty stomach I do it before I switch the kettle on first thing in the morning!!! I also use the Forever Living Heat Lotion on my knee joints as it helps them to warm up quickly for the exercise and offers a lovely smell as well as relief, I sometimes use it last thing at night on my knee joints if I have had a particularly busy day and I wake up with no pain.
Finally What would you say to someone thinking of coming to a class but are nervous ?
Remember we were all there once, every one of use was that person walking through the
door for the first time, not knowing the dances and feeling silly, but the dances are easy to pick up, I really don’t know how Kelly does it, and everyone is friendly and supportive to each other and the nerves will disappear once you get started. Not only that you get street cred with the kids as you know a lot of the new tunes!!!!
Kelly has set all these questions for me to answer but I would like to say that Kelly has really helped me to turn my life around and without her support and commitment and her ability to make exercise affordable, fun, challenging, up to date and consistently being there, I would probably be another 3 stone heavier and on my way to an early grave!!! So THANK YOU KELLY, you are an inspiration. I have never been asked to write about myself before and feel very honoured that Kelly wanted to tell you about boring old me, I really hope I have not bored you too much and I hope that in another 2 years my journey will be continuing......