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!
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 up....it happens....so 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!!!
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....
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...
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 that...at taste. :D
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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