May 2014 Inspiration: Belinda Eleftheriades
When I first started taking classes at SC Fitness in October of 2013, I was the insecure girl in the back row of Sandy’s Zumba class, not wanting to see my reflection in the mirror. I had just given birth to my first child two months before and never imagined that losing the baby weight would be so difficult.
I had never experienced being overweight and I honestly didn’t know how to deal with my new body. With Sandy’s encouragement, along with the other amazing women who attend classes regularly, I got over my insecurities and decided not to wallow in self-disgust.
The change came in many forms. First, by attending a variety of classes regularly and challenging myself to “up my game” every week, whether that meant picking up heavier weights, or attempting higher jumps or lower squats. Second, by drastically changed my diet: I eliminated meat, caffeine, and sugar and started my mornings by making fresh organic juices. The energy boost I received from the change in my diet in these past three months helped with my workout goals, and my workout, in turn, motivated my diet.
I have now lost all my baby weight (50 pounds) and believe that my body actually looks better now than it did before I got pregnant. I have much more confidence in myself; so much so that you’ll often find me in the front of class! What I’ve come to realize in these past seven months is that diet and exercise shouldn’t lead to a specific goal, whether it is a certain weight, or by a certain day; rather, it should be seen as a way of life.
The Zumba classes are a lot of fun and I continue taking them every week, but the class that I believe truly changed my body is Sandy’s Body Sculpt. Every workout is challenging and different from the last. I can see muscles on my body that never revealed themselves before. Losing the baby weight was only the start; I plan on reforming myself so that I can provide a good model of health and fitness for my daughter to mirror. However, none of this would be possible without the complete love and support from my husband, who kicks me out every evening so that I can work out, especially on days when I really don’t feel like moving a muscle. I usually come back from a great workout, feeling energized and happy and I have to thank him for being my biggest motivator and the best husband and father to my child.