There are songs that just remind you of a person and this ALWAYS reminds me of Sunday Zumba with Diana. Remedy is a super catchy song in whih she transports us to an island and makes us switch spots. Anyone who has ever done Zumba knows we get quite territorial in class and have our unassigned "spots" - getting us out of our comfort zone is just one of Diana's many specialities so the song was a perfect fit. ;)
I've posted about several of the wonderful ladies at Studio Poise and how instrumental they've been in my transformation to date. Brittany and Danielle are solid members of team Sam that motivate me weekly to keep on keeping on. I consider myself an optimistic person and I often joke that happiness is a choice I make every day. Well, that's only half true. Recently I realized my self-talk (that little voice you hear when you're alone or just alone with your thoughts) has shifted. She used to be a bitch, so negative. I would stare at myself in the mirror during class and think “You can't possibly do this. You can't reach your goal weight. Fuck it, walk away.” along with dozens of things so awful I won't write them here. But in the last few months there's been a serious positive vibe coming from that little voice. I find myself saying things like “just be better than you were yesterday” and “if you go left and someone else goes right it doesn't matter, just go” or “5 more punches, you can do this!”. I realized this positive self-talk is the result of taking more classes with the lovely Diana Davis and I thought I would share a little ode to this fabulous lady.
Diana is a Zumba queen, lover of creative HiiT workouts, yogi and kick boxer extraordinaire. But most of all she's a fantastic storyteller and motivator. No one is more excited to witness you conquer something little (like full kicks during kickboxing or mastering the sport du jour in SPiit) or something big (like a weight loss milestone or a huge career change) then Diana. She's truly engaging to take a class with and can make the most trying exercises incredibly fun.
One of my favorite quotes of hers was “Fall in love with something whether it is Piloxing, POUND, Poise, running, barreworke, or Zumba. Do what you love and own the class. You don’t have to look exactly like the instructor. All of us are made differently; we will not look the same doing a certain move or exercise. You are there for you and there is no need to compare ourselves against someone else. There is a great metaphor for this I use with my clients: When you were younger and someone marked your height on a wall from year to year you looked at how much you have grown. You probably rarely looked at how much more or less you grew than someone else. As a child you were always excited to see you grew a little from the year before. That is how we need to look at fitness. Compare your progress to your previous self, not the person next to you or people in the media.”
In the last few months I've had quite a few moments where life is overwhelming and I'd rather hide under the covers and cry then work out. It always seems that those days I would have a class with Diana and boom -instant mood lifter! She tells stories that transports you to islands, rap battles, night clubs etc. She pushes you to get out of your head and into your workout, game face ON. I'll admit for as much as I love group fitness classes I hate - detest - circuits where you move through a room. Sounds ridiculous but I'm the fitness equivalent of Modification Barbie (blonde but without the body - yet) and I feel SO self-conscious having to do these modifications in the front of the room. I much prefer my quiet corner in the back where I can sweat and sparkle without being observed. This past Friday Diana announced before our 6am SPiit that we were doing team circuits. I almost walked out. No lie, I was this close . to leaving instead of being in the front of the room. Alas, I stayed AND actually loved it! I paired with friends (Meg, Chrissy and Lauren - an excellent team!) and guess what? No one cared that I was modifying! In fact, no one was even looking. How self-centered of me to think anyone was worrying about anything other than not dying, lol.
I messaged Diana after to thank her and confessed I almost walked out. Her response was so sweet I saved it - “Don't worry about ... everyone does their own thing and just wants everyone to do their best ... I know the stations can be intimidating but people are less focused on others because it's so much going on .. you did awesome as always I hope you liked it!". Just made my day!
I've said it before, I'll say it again - the universe brings you the people you need the most to get you to the next place in life and I'm so glad for Diana in this amazing support system of mine! Thank you, Diana, I'm looking forward to many more classes, life lessons and stories with you! ❤