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Something. Every. Single. Day.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

This is a "misery loves company" blog.

I have been bad-bad-bad over the holidays.

Christmas eve, started feeling sick. Took a walk with child. Ate Chinese. Please note, this is the last time you will see any mention of exercise.
Christmas day. Feast at MILs
Boxing Day. Child's birthday. Cake! Pizza!
Thursday. Bring parents to airport. Wendy's drivethru. I didnt need both a chili AND a sm cheeseburger. (Skipped fries and got water tho - teeny victories.)
Friday. Visiting Aunt & Uncle before cousins (at their house) go back home. Lasagna! Cookies! Still sick. Completely lose voice.
Saturday. Driving thru snowstorm to get home. Late arrival, starving. Bad food choices. At least I went to bed early to try and recover.
Sunday (today). Here there be bagels. Tonight, part 2 of Child's birthday celebration (family party) Lasagna! More Cake!
Monday/ New Year's Eve at my SILs. I will make hummus. I will try, but I'm terrible at controlling myself at buffets and usually apply the "dont get in the situation in the first place" strategy. But not so possible here.

Fortunetly, New Year's is the end of it. I have had Something Every Single Day which has added up to a mountain of food, no exercise and general BLAHs. So looking forward to getting back on the wagon.

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VIXSTERLU 1/2/2013 11:51AM

    I am beginning to think there is no fool proof method for dealing with the Holidays! But then again, maybe that is the "Debbie Downer" in me talking. Let's start over together :)

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CINERICIA 1/2/2013 11:42AM

    As you said...teeny victories. They'll add up. And lasagna? I would doubt your sanity if you said no to lasagna. I would beginning looking for the proof that you're a cyborg if you said not to lasagna twice in one week.

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    Sounds like my kind of week!

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XRSIZE18 12/31/2012 10:41AM

    I'm right there with you! How is it that the holidays can get rid of our best laid plans so easily?

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 12/30/2012 10:26PM

    Why not push yourself for making tomorrow the start? It's all about the choices you make! You can do it!!

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MISSIFISH 12/30/2012 5:11PM

    It sounds super hectic, and that is tough. I'll bet as soon as you can get back to exercise stuff you'll feel lots better. Exercise is the cure for all ills!!!! Feel better soon, and I know you'll get right back on track in the new year.

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FITFOODIE806 12/30/2012 3:15PM

    It happens. I went out again last night and am hosting a dinner party tonight. Gahh! So much food. Lets jump back on the wagon together!

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ROXYZMOM 12/30/2012 12:02PM

    I did that leading up to Christmas. Something kicked me back into running the day after Christmas (upcoming HM) but I am still not eating right! Holidays are such a diet killer - good thing we have this site!

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BIGPAWSUP 12/30/2012 11:54AM

    Ok, I think there are A LOT of us in the same boat. The difference between the past and NOW is that you have recognized that it is a problem and you WILL handle it. I'm proud of you.

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MSPATOOTY 12/30/2012 11:46AM

    Bad? You weren't bad. Did you kill someone with an axe? THAT's bad. emoticon

You just made some choices that you now regret. That's easy to fix. Start today making some choices you're happy with. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 12/30/2012 11:12AM

    Definitely start over with the new year. I know you can do it. Feeling sick doesn't help at all. Hope you feel better soon!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/30/2012 11:08AM

    Here's to the fresh start we get, too... Every Single Day! emoticon

Reset button with New Years? I celebrate the tiny victories you mention... and there will be bigger ones going forward. I just know it. emoticon

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KRISZTA11 12/30/2012 10:12AM

    I feel the same about food...

But once this is over, you can do one good thing for yourself every day, and you'll be back on the wagon in no time once you return to your usual lifestyle.
That's one good thing about end of holiday season : )

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DOGLADY13 12/30/2012 10:12AM

    It may be misery loves company, but I just love you! I'm so glad to hear from you.

This is a time for celebration and enjoying family. Most of us have some how equated love with butter, sugar and white flour. Start putting together your 2013 de-tox plan for the new year and enjoy the remaining days of love and celebration in 2012 without guilt.

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GARDENCHRIS 12/30/2012 9:48AM

    even if you did one thing different it is a victory.... build on that. emoticon

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KATRINAKRAUT 12/30/2012 9:44AM

    I Am also looking for the reset button and I need to detox so I stop craving the crud I consumed over the Holidays. Hmm...must be the eat cruddy=feel cruddy=crave cruddy foods= bad cycle time to jump off and plunge back into health! All the best in the New Year.

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NANCYPAT1 12/30/2012 9:41AM

    You can and did make SOME positive choices and can continue to make better ones in the future. When food traps appear every day for a whole week and then some, it is easy to NOT see the positive choices along the way - congratulations for recognizing that you DID NOT have the fries and DID have water when you did fast food - those are BOTH BIG victories. I would bet there are others that you didn't mention because you were so busy beating yourself up. Move forward with a spring in your step and I hope you are feeling better too.

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Are you a robin or a squirrel?

Thursday, December 13, 2012

(Today's post inspired by the antics at my birdfeeder)

A young robin and a baby squirrel were talking one day.

"You know, my goal is to one day reach the top of that tall tree over there."

"Really? That's my goal too"

So the two friends set out on their adventure. The squirrel scampered on the tree trunk and branches and the robin flew thru the air. When the squirrel got tired, the robin shouted encouraging things at him, and the squirrel kept going. When the robin got tired, he would rest on a branch for a bit. The squirrel would come onto the branch and they would keep each other company for a bit. When the robin caught his breath, he took off again and the squirrel kept climbing also.

In this way, they kept each other company on their journey, while each making their own way to the top of the tree.

At the top of the tree, the two friends paused to enjoy the view and savor their victories.

"You know, it must have been very difficult to do all that climbing," said the robin to the squirrel. "I dont think I could have done it that way myself."

"Well in case you hadnt noticed," responded the squirrel, "I could not have flown, as I dont have wings!" They both laughed. "But I could not have done it without your encouragement either."

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MISSIFISH 12/29/2012 5:58PM

    Such a sweet blog! I'm totally a squirrel. I've always wanted to move the way they do, and they also annoy my dogs more than the birds do. After all the annoyance I get from the dogs, I think I owe them something in return.

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    Sending you wings of encouragement. emoticon

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BETHANYBOUND 12/14/2012 8:24AM

    I think I am half robin, half worm. Somedays I fly, the rest of the time I slither along and eat whatever is in my path. I am working on being a squirrel.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/14/2012 7:59AM

    What a great analogy! Journey together, each in our own ways, encouraging one another! I think we are all sometimes squirrel, sometimes robin. emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 12/14/2012 7:53AM

    Cute story! I am more the squirrel - inch by inch!!

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LESLIELENORE 12/14/2012 12:27AM

    I think I am a squirrel... at least I am feeling squirrelly.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 12/13/2012 11:33PM

    I'm the robin! :) I think :D

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 12/13/2012 11:31PM

    What a great story! I'm a squirrel (I have a lot of squirrelfriends on my street).

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DOGLADY13 12/13/2012 7:58PM

    Love it! I hope I'm a squirrel on Sunday when I run a 5K. Let's hope I can do it.

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JPONCIN 12/13/2012 4:37PM

    This is the cutest thing I've read all day today, and so TRUE!!! Thank you!!! :D

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BIGPAWSUP 12/13/2012 10:49AM

    I'm so the squirrel. Just started back up the tree. Thanks for the story!

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GINGERHAWK 12/13/2012 10:19AM

    Adorable story and I'm thinking I'm more of a squirrel than a robin!

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Random Things I've Learned in the Past 38 Days

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

(warning: this has got to be one of the most disorganized and random collection of thoughts I have ever put into written/blog form. My writing teacher would send it back, but I'm gonna push publish because I have other things to do.)

Yesterday I got on the scale for the first time in 38 days (I use Wii, and it tells me).

In this 38 day period, I went back to not-working and the mental readjustment that involved. There was depression, isolation and many many trips to my son's Halloween Candy stash. (I think I've eaten more of it than he has.) Thanksgiving and a PR on the 5K (28min!) meant "I coulda been a contender." within the first 300 finishers.

Exercise was a cycle of ... blech. I didnt want to go. So I didnt. But then I felt like @$$ without my daily endorphin rush. So I felt like more of an @$$; I knew why I felt bad, but I couldnt get moving. Then when I did go, I was "doubling" (doing 2 classes). Alpha and Omega. And then eating like crazy because I was hungry. My pudge is pooching.

My weigh in yesterday was a non-official weigh in as I had just had an enormous lunch, actually ended up skipping most of dinner, was wearing jeans and a sweater. Still, I said I gained.....0.7 lbs. So after all of that skipped workouts and bad eating, I only have 1lb of remorse? Somehow it doesnt seem fair. I should be made to suffer more for my non-exercise, candy-eating sins.

Basically, I'm not being consistent with my diet and exercise. Mentally, I know this is going to catch up with me...eventually. I'm getting better with the candy...or I dont like what is left and am getting smarter about not eating it if I dont like it. I'm also being more aware that spending a day without exercise opens me up to the dark demons of depression that lurk around in my psyche. Endorphins are my shield against them.

I'm actually happy with my weight. Now I'm working on my shape and strength. I was getting very burned out at the end of August and I'm enjoying the workouts that I do. It takes me about 2 hours to triathlon, so by doubling classes, my thought is I am keeping the endurance going. (Sadly, no, my gym does not offer Spin classes)

Yesterday I was on the recumbent bike (better to see the TV, my dear!) and pushed thru 30 min, staring at the clock, willing those last 3 min to MOVE FASTER. But I stuck it out and then jumped on the treadmill for 30 min of walk/run intervals. I'm too wussy to run outside but the treadmill is ... dull!

Solution to my problems....not really one. Time heals all. Its the holidays and I have given myself permission to be imperfect. Do the best that I can when I can. There's been a steady rotation of bag salad for lunches. Eat over the Tracker. Double or not at all as the spirit moves me. The end of January will bring a new training plan and resolve. If I can be as bad as I've been for the past 38 days and only gain 1lb? What about when I'm conscious of it, try to be better?

There is no point in my flogging myself because there are SO MANY people that are out there who exist to nitpick on our imperfections. Its THE HOLIDAYS! There will be treat foods and parties and its cold so exercising outside isnt quite as lovely as it was earlier in the year. There will be plenty of time for me to catch up on my running fitness! (although less, if I manage to get XC Boots for my skiis) I will not berate myself and feel like I am less than my wonderful self. I will do what I can, when I can.

I will set new goals, plan a strategic and FUN racing season....in January.

Now. Pass the cookies.

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2BDYNAMIC 12/19/2012 7:58PM

    Funny, how I made some very similar slips' ........... (we will call it for now, wink ........... wink) .............. &leave it at that ........... (I am gonna write a blog prob'y Sat. morn about my carnage as well .................. and throw in whatever comes out of my mouth ................... stay tuned ......... emoticon

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DOGLADY13 12/13/2012 7:57PM

    Thank you for writing one of my blogs. All of that applies to me. I think we are human beings.

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    I like your rambling. Kinda like my AADD (adult attention dd). Ooh, I see something shiney!
Watch that scale. My inattention to eating...yes I ate the Halloween candy as we had no trick-or-treaters on our blacked out street, caught up after 2 weeks. First week no gain. It must have been coiled up and sprung into action the next.
Maybe it was all the pasta and canned comfort food.
Anyway, back into the fight.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 12/12/2012 8:48PM

    You are honest and reasonable and realistic. Good for you!

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BIGPAWSUP 12/12/2012 2:04PM

    You are still up and moving so that is terrific. I'm proud of you. Just keep pushing through and soon you'll get back on a new track!

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MARTY728 12/12/2012 1:37PM

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A Crate of Clementines

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Do you bring treats into the office? Do you want to do something nice for the staff at your Child's school? Would a thank you at the Doctor's be appropriate?

Instead of slaving in the kitchen for some baked goods, (half of which *I* will eat!) why not give a Crate of Clementines. I do this routinely for my son's school. They are healthy, dont need to stay in the fridge, & can hang out for a few days without attracting mice.

And for those of us whom money is an object: my store currently sells them for $5.

The thought really does count!

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WISHICOULDFLY 12/11/2012 6:33AM

    Brilliant idea! I'm gonna get some to take to work today!

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SYNCHRODAD 12/7/2012 1:57PM

    The only thing that could compete against clementines is chocolate, which according to some health sources is good for you. No slaving involved. Put down a bowl of clementines next to a box of chocolates, and watch...... I love many fruits including clementines, and can ignore most candy and all sodas. But, a refined piece of chocolate....?

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DOGLADY13 12/6/2012 9:25PM

    We take turns bringing clementines in to the office. We love them.

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SCAREWALDORF 12/5/2012 3:43PM

    I love clementines. Mum use to put them in the toe of my stocking at Christmas. I say use to, because somewhere along the line, they became chocolate oranges...

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GODIVADSG 12/5/2012 10:13AM

    Thanks for the idea! Going to bring a few crates to my staff in the morning!

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MJ7DM33 12/4/2012 7:37PM

  emoticon the idea!

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ROXYZMOM 12/4/2012 7:27PM

    Great idea!

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LESLIELENORE 12/4/2012 3:29PM

    I love clementines! Great idea!

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2BDYNAMIC 12/4/2012 3:23PM

    i LOVE the idea! emoticon (pretend this is a clementine-lol) ......... I would like to see more healthy 'treats' given as opposed to the sugary UNhealthy! .......... emoticon for sharing! .......... emoticon

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PAMNANGEL 12/4/2012 3:22PM

    Excellent suggestion! We usually have a bag of them here. They're mothers favorite snack this time of year.

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BIGPAWSUP 12/4/2012 3:17PM

    Awesome idea!

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MARTY728 12/4/2012 3:01PM

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EL-E-E 12/4/2012 2:44PM

    I've been eatin' the heck out of some clementines! Good idea to bring them to office parties and such. Yum!


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MDKM80 12/4/2012 2:07PM

    I love clementines and have a crisper full of them lol. These ideas are great though and I'm sure especially the doctors office where I go to would appreciate them!!

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ANDY_54 12/4/2012 1:49PM

    This is a great idea. I have a bag of them in my kitchen now--love clememtines!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 12/4/2012 1:34PM

    That's a neat idea! :)

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And While My Son Danced Zumba

Thursday, November 29, 2012

For those of you that dont know, Zumba has a special "Zumba For Kids" program called "Zumbatomic" Its fun. My son seriously LOVES Zumba (I do too) and this is the only time its offered.

When my local studio started offering it, it was primarily me and another woman and both of us used to dance with the kids. Great fun was had by all. Sadly, lack of interest forced the owner to cancel the classes after ~9 months.

Zumbatomic recently came back so Child and I have started going again. While I am thrilled to see more kids which gives me hope for its continuation, the current crop of parents DONT DANCE. And while I understand that this is the norm of dance classes (Who's seen a parent do ballet? Jazz? Gymnastics? Even sports: you can help, but not do it WITH them) I am a little bit sad about not being able to dance with my son.

And before you say "Well just go dance with him." You've obviously never seen social pressure in action. The first time we went, I danced quietly on the sidelines and DEFINITELY got more than a few odd looks.

So this is my plan going forward:
Wall sits
Overhead press
Forward arm raises
Side Arm Raises
(Remaining time, stretching)
(I take other suggestions! - She has 5lb weights, but no mats)

I figure I can do these quietly on the other side of the room, away from the chairs and while I'm sure I'll still get some looks, at least it will be obvious that I am quietly exercising. The room is darkish and kept at a "Night Club" feel.

I really would prefer to dance, but there is only so much boat rocking my ego can handle. Sometimes I'm awesome. Sometimes its like being back in HS where I'm just another scared person who is still seeking approval of my peers.

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DOGLADY13 12/2/2012 4:49PM

    I'm late to this party. Too bad the instructor is discouraging parent from doing Zumba. What a missed opportunity for everyone.

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2BDYNAMIC 12/2/2012 1:22PM

    emoticon I hope things are 'resolving' now ............. I have a series of zumba CD'S and they are so fun! I can do in the privacy of my living room ......... (Kids are grown now) But it might be a good idea for you to consider w/ your boy? ........ emoticon Otherwise, I think I might just JUMP right in ........... (and ignore the others) .. lol

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KRISZTA11 12/1/2012 9:24AM

    It is still great you have the opportunity and motivation to do some exercise in the next room, instead of just sitting around!

Sometimes I see moms sitting in their cars, waiting for their kids to finish their run on the trail, instead of taking a walk themselves too in the beautiful forest, and I'm thinking what a waste if time...

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    Dance in your head?

What the heck do they all do, watch the kids like it's a show or ignore them?

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SAMBIDEXTROUS 11/30/2012 12:25PM

    I don't have kids, but I'm *that* kind of auntie to my friends kids.
I would shake it with them, but I agree it would be hard depending on the group of adults there.

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OPTIMIST1948 11/30/2012 11:39AM

    Talked with Zumba instructor today (at regular class) and she said there were many parents who felt awkward about dancing with their kids and they would come once and not come back. So that's why she made the focus about the kids. She wants to build up to critical mass also so she can offer it 2x per week instead of once and is going to extend to 45 min. All excellent developments for the kids and her business. So I'm going to just suck it up and deal for the time being and do my little ST routine over here.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 11/30/2012 12:18AM

    I second the suggestion to get some Zumba DVDs or maybe a Zumba video game if you have a system. Zumba is so much fun!

I understand the social pressure to not dance...but maybe eventually you could be the trendsetter that starts getting the parents more involved so they're not just sitting on the sidelines like couch potatoes. :) Sing the praises of exercise and getting involved with your kids! Maybe you can guilt them into it. :)

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COLETTEISGREAT 11/29/2012 8:42PM

    Could you get some Zumba DVDs to dance to?

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ARCHIMEDESII 11/29/2012 1:55PM

    As Lady Gaga says,"Just Dance!"

I'm sure there are a lot of parents on the sidelines who really would like to try the class with the kids, but think they may be too old or awkward. I'll bet if you got out there to do Zumbatronic with your son, MORE parents would join you once they see how easy it is to do.

So, don't let any rude stares scare you off. Show them how much fun Zumba can be.


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BIGPAWSUP 11/29/2012 1:50PM

    Next awesome day, get up and dance. Maybe others will follow. Maybe not. I can relate to being off in the corner on a so-so day - I can't take it some days either. But when you can - DANCE and don't care!

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MARTY728 11/29/2012 1:24PM

    Just do it! I would bet all it takes is one then some others will join in! emoticon emoticon

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KIMPY225 11/29/2012 1:19PM

    I have different sides to me too - sometimes I feel like I could do anything and I don't mind making a fool of myself. Other times I am scared to call a business to ask what time they are open until! Life is crazy!

I think we are in control of our feelings sometimes. Little leaps can be tough, but you may be surprised with a good outcome!

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LENLEN3 11/29/2012 1:15PM

    Do you know any of the other parents? Perhaps you form a group and then challenge the grumpy parents to a dance off! XD Join everyone together through the power of ZUMBA!

Seriously though, I think your plan is a good one. It's hard to be the nail sticking out, so to speak. I hope you inspire the other parents. And if you can sneak in some dancing with your kid, I think you should. :3

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IRONBLOSSOM 11/29/2012 1:08PM

    Hmm, I absolutely feel ya, I would feel very uncomfortable as well. It would be nice to have the kind of confidence to just say "what do I care what they think!" But I think that's pretty rare, and frequently foolhardy.

What about talking to the instructor? He or she could encourage parents to dance, and although many might not, maybe a few would join you and then you wouldn't feel so weird?

Otherwise, I like your plan, I would suggest some core work since that's usually pretty low key. Crunches, planking, side planks, bridges, I used to (and need to get back to!) bridging (shoulders on ground, knees bent at 90 degrees with feet on floor and hips pushed to ceiling) and then do chest presses, tricept drops and chest flys. You really have to concentrate on keeping the bridge going, but since you have 5lb weights these might be good. If you have them, you can also bring in heavier weights, especially for the chest pressing.

Have fun!

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LESLIELENORE 11/29/2012 12:46PM

    I think I would feel uncomfortable too. But like the others have said maybe you can be a positive influence on the other parents!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 11/29/2012 12:17PM

    I'd say dance when you feel up to it! Otherwise, yea, do your workout. You might inspire some of the other parents! :)

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JAS9096 11/29/2012 12:10PM

    It sucks that the other parents don't dance with their kids, I totally would be dancing too! Why wouldn't you want to?
It's fun. It's exercise. It allows you to spend quality time with your kid!

Good for you though, for "rocking the boat" and exercising on t he sidelines! Who knows, maybe you'll be a positive influence on the other parents.

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