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Dear Zumba Ladies,

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

So I went to zumba last night and had an amazing workout, the hr just flew by and by the time it was over I was in a great mood! I saw many new people, many regulars there were lots of people. So here are some quick notes to some of my fellow zumba-goers lol.

Dear Mega Fit Girl Next to me,

Thanks for reminding me that fit girls are fit because they work for it!

Dear 1st time zumba lady behind me,

Thanks for reminding me of my first zumba class, I felt like a fish out of water but I pulled through and had fun just like you did yesterday.

Dear Older Lady in the back row,
Thanks for reminding me that zumba is for everyone, and that fitness is a lifetime journey!

Dear Instructor, (Iris is her name)
You Rock!!!

Dear Me,
Good job getting off of the couch!!! Time to get back into the groove!

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LZY0108 8/17/2012 11:06PM

    Ive been wanting to try zumba. Im going to look up the next class at the gym and go...

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CHERYLE51 8/17/2012 12:32PM

    Nice way of thinking of zumba. I too smile at the newbies and hope that I give them encouragement. My DD and I started zumba together and I was mostly clueless. She is amazing at zumba. Of course, she is 18 and I am 54, but she is definitely more coordinated than I am. LOL Zumba is the only exercise I have kept up with. I have tried other exercises and eventually quit. I like walking, but found that it wasn't doing too much for my weight loss. Zumba did help, but over the summer, I gained some weight back and now I am doing zumba 2x/week and doing some at home DVD's on walking the other days. Trying to do whatever it takes to get my weight in the 140's.

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CHANGINGSAM 8/16/2012 8:46AM

    Cute! Way to go on getting some fitness minutes in! Love Zumba!

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    Love it!

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IHEARTASHA 8/15/2012 6:04PM

    Lol you took the words out my mouth. That's exactly how I feel. There's always the super fit people, the old lady & the new person. Every time I see new people & how they perform I always think of my first time. I love my instructors every week they introduce a new song to keep us from being bored. I love Zumba & I'm getting addicted ;) Thanks for sharing!

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BRIDGIEEE 8/15/2012 5:10PM

    Aw :) I loved this. Recently I've gotten kind of bored with Zumba but when I do go I love seeing the other women there. I go to Zumba at Curves so it is mostly older women and it's nice to see everyone getting out there and having fun no matter what they look like doing it. As for me, I know I look like a fool and I sometimes see the Curves instructor giggling at me but that's ok, I just smile and wave because I'm having fun!

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I have heard of growing pains...but shrinking pains???

Friday, August 10, 2012

So my bones have been hurting lately and I was wondering if there is such a thing as shrinking pains?? My hips hurt and my shoulders, collarbone area mostly...have you experienced this at all? I'm not losing many lbs these days but I am losing inches. It is not muscle soreness either. I take a multivitamin and calcium daily...drink about a gallon of water a day. So just putting this out there to see what you guys think...
Thanks sparkers have an awesome friday!! emoticon

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SUSANBEAMON 8/11/2012 2:20AM

  I have arthritis, sometimes it feels as if my bones hurt, or muscles long way way from the joint (when my hip hurts, sometimes it feels like my back is hurting). Talk with your doctor about this, Could be because now you're loosing weight, you've become more active and the joints are protesting.

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CJADERUN 8/10/2012 3:42PM

    Your "bones" hurt? Or your joints? I didn't think bones had nerves, so I don't see how they could hurt individually, but what do I know? I'm no doctor.

If it's your joints, are you stretching AFTER each exercise (and NEVER before)?

If not, I also recommend speaking to your doctor.

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CHANGINGSAM 8/10/2012 3:27PM

    I'm not really sure. Maybe you should check with your doctor to make sure everything is ok. Have a great weekend! emoticon

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OMMAMA7 8/10/2012 3:27PM

    Glad you mentioned calcium. Hmm...I don't know! especially the shoulder area. If it continues I'd ask a doctor. It could be something as simple as the weather? Don't webmd it, you'll end up thinking it's something serious and it could be something very simple! :)

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I need your ideas!! Healthy Snacks, hosting game night for DHs Coworkers!

Friday, August 03, 2012

So I just learned that my DH invited two couples from work for game night this weekend. As you may or may not know I'm not what you would call a "social butterfly" so just having them over will be a challenge, but I'm sure I can manage:) I want to have healthy snacks (for my sake) yet I don't want to make anyone feel akward with all of my veggies lol. Does that make sense? Both couples will be bringing their kiddos as well so DS will have someone to play with. Soooo any suggestions or tips would be greatly appreciated!

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SNEVIL1 8/3/2012 5:37PM

    I love making pizza. Pillsbury has great crusts that come in those pop tubes. I like their thin crust with bbq sauce, a little chicken cooked with onions, and reduced fat cheese. People can't tell that it's not fatty and it is super delicious. You could also do a meat and cheese tray with buns on a separate platter. That way people can make it how they like it. When we went to the racetrack last weekend I made sandwiches that were quite tasty... One slice of sargento thin colby jack cheese is 40 cal, one serving of Oscar Mayer turkey (6 slices) is 45 cal and a normal hamburger potato roll is around 110 (they sell some that are smaller that are around 80 cal). "Non-healthy people" like them and can add ranch or whatever they want on it, but it won't hurt you. I've also done teriyaki turkey burgers as meatballs that are pretty tasty. I guess just decide what types of things you would want at a game night gathering and then see if there are healthier options online or on SparkRecipes.

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BRAVENEWGRL 8/3/2012 3:17PM

    Check out She has some amazing recipes! Her buffalo chicken dip is awesome!

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CJADERUN 8/3/2012 2:09PM

    I love air-popped pop corn spritzed with extra virgin olive oil and dusted with salt. Super low cal and NOMALICIOUS!

Popcorn in general, actually.

Also, hummus is NOM. And there are lots of low-cal dips overall, so as long as you can keep yourself on track, dips with veggies and chips, so those who want chips can have them, but you can keep to healthier options.

And make sure you're drinking plenty to keep off the munchies. Make some flavored unsweet tea. Go to Teavana/whatever tea-exclusive store you have, buy something exciting, brew a BIG pot, then ice it and keep in in the fridge overnight for a pleasant, kind-of-water-but-kind-of-not treat. (I always count unsweet tea as water.)

I'm not sure how you do things, but at the game nights I attend we usually pitch in for pizza/order out and have a dinner while playing instead of just snacking, so another option is to offer a yummy (low-cal), easy to eat food. Like a low-cal pizza (I'm sure Chef Meg has ideas!), or healthier stir-fry.

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CHANGINGSAM 8/3/2012 1:33PM

    Salsa and chips are a great choice (watch how many you eat). Also, veggie and fruit trays are great options as well. Have fun!

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IAMZBEE 8/3/2012 12:56PM

    Check out She's got some GREAT, low-fat, low-calorie snack ideas & recipes.

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YDAVIS23 8/3/2012 12:56PM

    Low fat spinach and artichoke dip with carrots and pita chips, nachos loaded with peppers and black beans, pulled chicken or pork (instead of wings), quinoa salad? Hope that helps, aim for high protein and hidden veggies :)

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After seeing this how can you not hope to have a FANTASTIC day???

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Gorgeous sunrise this morning!! I was driving back from taking DH to work and saw this amazing sunrise!! The picture does not do it justice. So anyway, I went back to zumba class last night after many weeks (5 to be exact) I was quickly reminded of why and how much I love it! The hour just flew by and I'm not as sore as I thought I would be this morning! So I will start going again twice a week for now, 4 times a week when my little guy goes back to school. Goal for August?? Let's see...-9lbs would put me at 130 so that would be fantastic!, also less sodium intake, going to really try not to eat out more than maybe twice this month...wish me luck!! Have an awesome day!! emoticon

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SUSANBEAMON 8/3/2012 1:34AM

  Lovely sunrise, nice and bright.

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JENNIFERLYNN128 8/2/2012 10:38PM

    Exciting! emoticon I have yet to try's a fear I hope to get over soon!

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SWTHNY- 8/1/2012 10:41AM

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Who do you think you are?

Monday, July 30, 2012

So this morning as I'm catching up here on Spark reading some blogs and what not, I found myself welcoming new members! I stopped and thought woooahh wait a minute who do you think YOU are??? welcoming people like you own spark!! And I realized how comfortable I have become on this site. When I first started it took me forever to open up and post comments and blogs and such. But you know what? I do own Spark and so do YOU!! So own it!! Spark today a little more than you sparked yesterday!! emoticon

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OMMAMA7 7/30/2012 2:00PM

    Yeah girl! :) Awesome!

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WERNERETTE 7/30/2012 1:43PM

    That's awesome! You are one of my wonderfully active spark friends, always encouraging and commenting, and it really inspires me to do the same. Keep it up!!

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SPICEMWE 7/30/2012 10:30AM

    It's so true - the more you give, the more you get. It's one of the many things that I love about SP.


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SCRAPPINPOLLY 7/30/2012 9:55AM

    I do the same thing. i think we all spark in spurts and that's ok.

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    I'm doing the same thing!!! It took me a long time to start doing that, and then I realized, wow, by doing this, not only am I helping to motivate someone, but it's keeping me on track! I've never lasted two weeks of dieting without a nutritionist or trainer I had to report to a minimum of four times a week. It's two weeks in, I'm 9lbs down, and I'm doing it all with Shaun T of Insanity, and you Sparks!!! emoticon

P.S. I love that you love Zumba. I'm a Zumba instructor and I can't get enough of it. I did have to up the intensity though of my outside workouts because my body just got so used to doing Zumba that I wasn't seeing changes. Insanity has been just like they said, insane. Saw little results the first week (about 3 inches lost total), and 2 weeks into I don't know if I'm psyching myself into seeing results or if I'm actually getting them, but I feel great!

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