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Don't judge a dancer by her size/shape

Friday, July 27, 2012

Don't judge a book by it's cover. I reminded of this Lilly, the substitute Zumba instructor at the Northridge LA Fitness.

I managed to drag myself to class last night, committed to working out even when I was not terribly positive about it. Betty, or normal instructor, was nowhere to be seen. Instead, standing there is a short woman- say 5'3", 50 years old, and a little round. "Oh, great", I think to myself sardonically, "another slow-paced Zumba class".

As soon as the music started, I knew that I was oh so wrong. This lady had MOVES. And Stamina. and Joy. And Flavor- something desperately missing from the now watered down Zumba movement that is inexplicably sweeping the nation.

It reminded me that the love of dance will manifest itself through all shapes and sizes. I was doubled over and had a smile from ear to ear.

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AZULVIOLETA6 8/4/2012 5:20PM

    Yep! I regularly out-dance people half my age and half my size. You really can't tell how fit someone is just by looking and dance skills don't have much to do with body shape.

I agree with the assessment that Zumba has been watered down. It seems that Zumba has done themselves a big disservice by allowing everyone who takes instructor training to pass the course. I really struggle with situations where instructors have no appreciation of Latin music or dance--it seems like that should be a prerequisite for wanting to teach Zumba, but sadly it is not.

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JAMILAH269 8/3/2012 7:02PM

    This is true! This life has many illusions. It may seem impossible and you may think your eyes are lying to you once you see something so unbelievable, but it is true! One can assume that an overweight person with a stuck facial expression is bent out shape, but the person is really happy and overjoyed about life! It is like mistaking a grape for an apple. These are two completely different things with no resemblance. Those types of people are usually the ones to succeed.

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KAKT0610 8/2/2012 8:29AM

  I don't get to go to many classes, how do you feel that it is watered down? I know in the world of fitness, things come and go. Do you think Zumba has peaked and is going down?

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RCKYMTNWMN 7/27/2012 11:31AM

    I can so relate, went to a "new" Zumba class in June. My teacher was at least 70 pounds heavier than I and the rest of the class was a bit older and rounder than my normal class. However, everyone of those ladies kick my butt.
This new class did a lot more strength training moves between the dance steps. More lunges, more squats, we even did some planks at the end of the class. I limped out of that class and felt it for days afterwards.
So while the dance workout I expected wasn't what I got, and I wouldn't go back to this class looking for a "dance class", I was reminded that fitness levels of individuals can be very deceptive, if just judging by looks.

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Really ready, or just lamenting?

Friday, July 27, 2012

I spoke to a co-worker yesterday that listed a roster of reasons as to why "it's hard" to lose weight. In my mind, I silently reflected that for every issue she mentioned there was an answer, a group, or a blog about someone else going through the same thing, and finding ways to move past it.

I showed this site and encouraged her to check it out. I hope she does.

I didn't want to be overbearing. I figure if she is really ready, I've left the door open and she'll step through it.

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CHACKER2 7/27/2012 10:57AM

    I have pointed several people to this site but have not gottem many takers. Most of them just don't want to count calories.

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  You make room for what is important in your life - doing what you can, where you are with what you have. Maybe she is not ready yet but good for you for pointing her in the right direction and being encouraging. It is amazing the mindset difference after you've dedicated yourself to your health.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Small Reward

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Had a co-worker notice my progress yesterday, and her mouth literally fell open. Ya- that felt good.

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CHACKER2 7/25/2012 10:53AM

    When people notice it is great. It gives you the desire to keep up the good work. emoticon

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SUCCESS-AMT 7/24/2012 5:20PM

  Way to go. emoticon

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EAWESTON1 7/24/2012 2:17PM

  Isn't that a fun feeling? It's so motivating! Keep it up!

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JENNIFERH625 7/24/2012 1:26PM

    That feels amazing! Keep up the great work!

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BUBBLICIOUS6 7/24/2012 1:09PM

    It's always nice to hear compliments like that! And you'll have more to look forward to in the future!

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Motivation Exercise: Writing a Progress Report

Monday, July 23, 2012

If ever you need help refocusing, or reminding yourself of your progress, I suggest trying what I did this weekend. The intended goal is to focus on your accomplishments and outline your progress. While there is some self-congratulating built into this, the most important part of the exercise is to generate motivation to move forward.

Below is a Progress Report that I wrote for myself. It lists where I started, and where I am today. Using this site, I fished around and pulled the data together. I encourage you to spend more time on a social media site that you can actually get something out of- say goodbye to Facebook. :)

In each item below, the starting measurement is listed first. Start date was May 6, 2012.

Starting Body Fat %: 31.2, currently 28%
Starting BMI: 28.6, currently 24.4
Size 14 to size 10
Starting Weight: 176.5, currently 161
Upper Abs: 33", currently 30.25"
Thigh: 28", currently 26"
Hip 44.5", currently 41.5"

Running: 4 miles at start, 6 currently
Cardio- couldn't make it 30 minutes through Zumba without doubling over. Can now take two 1-hour classes in a row.

Eating whole grain for breakfast almost every day (Kashi, or Cheerios)
Almost no dairy now
Fruit for snacks
Hardly any read meat now
ONE soda per week, if that
Fried food only once per week

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IAMARMSTRONG 7/23/2012 12:55PM

    Thanks for reading!

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CHACKER2 7/23/2012 11:56AM

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KAREN42BOYS 7/23/2012 11:40AM

    Great summary and throw down!

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New Exercises

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Did a double class yesterday- whew!

Zumba, then Bootcamp. Was great. Lots of things I haven't done in a while (mountain climbers, jumping squats, burpees.

I'm sure it was water loss, but the pendulum swung a little lower this morning.

Will hydrate heavily today to be safe.


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