It is crazy how our perspective on life can change our mind set so easily.
Now, it is a completely different story. When I do Zumba I love the way it makes me feel. I love to sweat. The more I sweat, the more effective I feel my exercise is. I especially like when I am cooling down and I see sweat drips all over the floor. It makes me feel accomplished. I love the sensation of stretching, moving, elongating muscles. It no longer just feels uncomfortable, but in my mind's eye I actually visualize a little man with a hammer and chisel forming the grooves of my muscles and pulling and stretching them and growing them and making them strong. I don't get out of breath as easily as I used to but even when I do get out of breath now, I have learned how to regulate my breathing so I don't feel like I might hyperventilate. And as for being sore afterward, I liken it to proof of my efforts. I now especially love being sore because I can pinpoint what exercise I did to make that muscle hurt that way. It is pretty friggin awesome.
I am officially an exercise loving convert.
And instead of feeling like this when I exercise
I feel like this