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Licensed Zumba Instructor!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I found Zumba a little over a year ago and set as one of my goals to attend a class. I had a feeling I would like it based on my previous recent dance experience. Well, I loved it! emoticon

At first, I felt out of place with the moves because learning choreography has never been a strong suit of mine except by the repetition of doing it over & over again. I'm not a spacial learner but more of a hands on kind of learner. I was never able to look at a "map" of the course in Dog Agility and just get it. Instead, I always had to get my body on the field and put myself through the course first. Merely looking at something doesn't do much for me.

Anyway, I was a little awkward at first but I'm also the kind of person that really doesn't care what other people think if I'm messing oh well! And guess what, everybody else is too busy thinking about what they are doing to bother with me anyway! So, I found an instructor that I clicked with because she does more "dancey" routines as opposed to a high aerobics type of class and off I went!

As I became more confident during the last year, I realized that Zumba helped me in my Ballroom Dancing to find my center and to understand where and how my body was moving. Anyway, long story short, working out is no longer a chore! It's dance fun that allows me to go a little bit crazy and forget my worries for a couple hours! Now, I can't wait until Wednesdays and Thursdays and have made new friends there.

One of my friends encouraged me to take the Zumba Instructor course with her to become licensed to teach it. Well, I'm a very passionate person in everything I do so immersing myself in Zumba was the right thing to do for me. Scary, but right. I signed up and we took the class on 11/16/12. Here is a picture of me and my friend, Alina, just before class began:

We were fresh then. LOL! The licensing program lasts all day long and it's exhausting, requiring a change in clothing and a 5 second shower (the fastest I've ever taken a shower in my life) but we had fun, we learned and I ended up signing up with the Zumba Instructor Network (ZIN) that will help me get routines together with the idea that I will teach in the future. Just taking the training was intimidating to me but now I was actually thinking of teaching an entire class! YIKES!

We ended the day utterly spent and it turns out they didn't have a Certificate for me, so while all the other 'graduates' were having their pictures proudly displaying their Certificates with the instructors, I had this one taken:

Ha Ha Ha! Oh well! It was a good day anyway and the instructors were really nice and encouraging to everyone.

So, I feel I accomplished something. I feel good about myself for having faced a fear and 'did it anyway'. My mentor instructor actually came to support us for 1/2 of the entire day we were there...that felt SO good! So far, she has let me lead the song we choreographed on training day a couple of times in regular class. That feels wonderful!

I have also choreographed another song on my own. Who knew THAT was possible! I'll show it to my friend who took the class with me this week and we are going to practice it with the intention of bringing it in front of a class very soon. As soon as I can get a playlist of songs together, maybe I'll actually be able to sub for one of the other instructors soon! Just the thought of it makes me shake with nerves but whatever...I'll make it happen. Doing things that make me shake with fear and getting through them ok is what makes me grow. I feel like I've "joined the party"!

Again I say, Bring It!!!



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STFRENCH 12/17/2012 8:05AM


I'm a great fan of Zumba - congratulations on becoming an instructor xx

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LABRYANT 12/14/2012 9:41AM

    Thank you all for your are encouraging ME!

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JUSTDOIT011 12/14/2012 2:07AM

    That's really great! One of my goals is to do some sort of fitness work on the side, once I get a job as a dietitian...I like staying busy (and earning money!) and incorporating fitness into the food side of my life. Maybe Zumba, maybe something else, but this post really encourages me! It looks like a lot of planning is involved in the lessons, but also a lot of fun.

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JADOMB 12/13/2012 11:19PM

    Great job.

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ALICIALYNNE 12/13/2012 11:53AM

    WOOHOOO! Good job!

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LIVING4HIM_INWI 12/12/2012 10:09PM

    Congrats and welcome to the Instructor team!!! Being a Zumba (R) Fitness Instructor is a wild ride! We are all nervous and feel so overwhelmed, but somehow we get through it and love every minute! Be sure to read through our old threads on the team and ask any questions, we are all there to help! Most of us haven't been teaching very long and we know how hard it can be starting out. Keep us posted on your successes too!

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GOLFCHICK2-0 12/12/2012 4:24PM

    Congrats!! I've been thinking of doing this but haven't yet 'bit the bullet'. Will have to get online and see what classes are still available!
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Weekly Mini-Challenge Team: 8/6-8/12/12

Monday, August 06, 2012

This is for the Weekly Mini-Challenge Teams MC of 8/6-8/12/12, the Butt Blasting Workout...for the Team members that can't get YouTube. Disclaimer: I am certainly no Coach Nicole but you can get the general 'gist' of the workout from watching me do the exercises in her video! At least, I hope you can....

Hugs ya'll!!!

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LABRYANT 8/7/2012 12:34PM

    :) You're welcome!!!

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ALICIALYNNE 8/7/2012 12:21PM

    I couldn't play the sound at work, but just watching means the workout makes a lot more sense. THANK YOU!

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RIP: Trick-z Bryant

Friday, June 15, 2012

I lost my beautiful girl today. The lymphoma took her from us and my heart hurts for my gorgeous, playful girl who loved everyone and whom everyone couldn't help but fall in love with.

In the Far Dark Woods Go Roving

Whenever the heart’s in trouble
Caught in the snare of years,
And the sum of tears is double
The amount of youthful tears,

In the far, dark woods go roving
And find there to match your mood
A kindred spirit moving
Where the wild winds blow in the wood.

Rest in Peace, my Trick-z...until we meet again...

Your Mama

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ROB704 7/22/2012 2:43PM

    It is indeed a heart breaker. Lost my Yankee in October and I'm still not past it. Good thoughts and prayers to you....

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POOH_BEAR_69 6/25/2012 12:42AM

    You have my sympathies on your loss... She was quite the little beauty and her memory will be forever etched on your heart. Thank you for sharing the picture which seems to capture her spirit so well and the wonderful poem. The grief of losing a furbaby is a terrible loss, but the joy of sharing our lives makes the risk and finite time we have together worth it!!! I'll be thinking of you! emoticon

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STFRENCH 6/17/2012 12:46PM

    So sorry to hear about this emoticon

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LEAHKAY21782 6/16/2012 12:28AM

    I'm so sorry!

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LABRYANT 6/15/2012 7:46PM

    Thank you so much.

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DAZZEEDOO 6/15/2012 7:35PM

    My Condloences on the loss of your friend and family member.
May your memories of her and love for her help you find peace
You are in my thoughts at this difficult time.


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Eye Candy!

Friday, June 08, 2012

I started "practicing" tonight for my cake entry into Southern Living's White Cake Contest in December. I have in mind what I want to make as my entry but I couldn't find the ingredients for it today. So, this is what came in 2nd place as a practice cake tonight: Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Toffee Icing

It's made (with the exception of the chocolates on top) entirely from scratch and it looks great (I think) but I have no idea how it tastes! LOL Right now, it's just 'eye candy'. Tomorrow, I shall have to take a small taste to see if any adjustments need to be made to the batter, to the icing, etc....but only a small taste!

For now, into the refrigerator it goes and I'll have visions of beautiful cake creations dancing around in my dreams........sigh......

UPDATE: Tasted it and holy cow was it good!!! But since I don't want to LOOK like a Holy Cow, we'll just leave it at taste. :D

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ROB704 7/22/2012 2:40PM

    Love the attitude and will power! My wife is a I'm frequently confronted with cupcakes, cookies, name it. I've gotten a lot better at packing them off to the office feed my staff (they think I'm a great boss for feeding them....if they only knew it was for my own selfish reasons!).

anyway - just wanted to say congrats on the great looking cake and the will power to resist it.....


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80's Themed Zumba Party & Dressing Up

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

I DO so love to get dressed up! If there is an opportunity to get dressed up in a costume, I'm going to do it! The following pic is from the Atlanta Renaissance Festival 2012. I loved my costume for that:

This past weekend, I heard through the grapevine that there was an 80's themed Zumba Party scheduled for charity. Of course, I jumped (pardon the pun) at the chance to dress up. Funny thing is, all I had to do is look in my dresser. I actually still had a workout outfit that I really did wear in the 80's, maybe early 90's. I added a headband and some funky socks (because I couldn't find leg warmers) and viola!

The only problem with this is that I couldn't get used to looking at myself in the mirror in this costume, jumping up & down and jiggling. YUCK!! I so do NOT have a six pack and as a result, I kept pulling the pants part up too high, trying to hide the wiggly bits.

Oh well, I got through it and it was WAY fun! And we raised money for the Lymphoma Society to boot, so win-win...even if I did jiggle a little too much for my liking. :D


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POOH_BEAR_69 5/14/2012 9:03PM

    Sounds like a great time... Keep it up... The weight will wiggle right off! emoticon

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JADOMB 5/9/2012 12:34PM

    You do seem to be into dress up. LOL But you are looking good so keep it up. Keep the faith.

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LABRYANT 5/8/2012 1:57PM

    Thank you! No, they played regular Zumba music, I guess because that is what they have the routines to.

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CHARLOTSOMX 5/8/2012 1:34PM

  Sounds like fun! did they play 80's music too?
You look good- I bet you are the only one who noticed the "jiggly bits"! ; )

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LABRYANT 5/8/2012 10:54AM

    Thank you for your support, Reina! :D

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 5/8/2012 10:51AM

    Sounds like a lot of fun! And don't worry about the wiggly bits, you are doing everything you need to do to take care of yourself inside and out, and you will get back where you want to be!

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