Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Well, the third Zumba lesson was also a joy although the saying, 'Pride comes before a fall' seems to be accurate. There I was, enjoying myself, unfortunately close to the front, when I slipped and landed on my side.
I did the standard thing: took a second to process why the world was sideways, another to right myself, one more to check nothing was broken and then a few more to style it out. I'm pretty sure I pulled it off with aplomb.
My elbow and hip will probably have fair old bruises on them but obviously the main dent has been to my pride. Still, the worst (well, almost the worst, the worst would be falling over, taking someone with me and breaking a bone in their body or... well I could run doomsday scenarios all night...) that could have happened to me has happened. I fell over in class and will now forever be known as 'That Girl That Fell Over'. Ah well. It had to happen to someone.
Monday, May 20, 2013
My first Zumba class was over 2 weeks ago now. I'll be heading off to my third class tomorrow and I cannot wait!
The first lesson was great fun although I had to walk past a load of women playing netball outside which reminded me so strongly of miserable PE lessons, netball skirts and gym shorts that I almost turned around on the spot and headed home.
Fortunately, I put my head down and ignored the gaggle of women sitting around the bench (just like school!) and headed into the PE hall for the lesson instead. Our instructor is a lovely Portuguese woman who is not too shouty and has a wonderful habit (at least for people like me who occasionally have to stop and think about which is their left and which is their right) of signalling right and left with hand movements.
As for the class itself, I was concerned that I wouldn't last but actually by the time the instructor said, 'Last 2 songs and then the cool-down' I found myself feeling disappointed and thinking that the time had flown by! I don't think I've ever enjoyed exercise so much in my life!
The second week I was able to push a little bit harder and consequently 'felt' it a bit the next few days but it was still unbelievably good fun. I love the moves and learning the routines. I used to borrow my Mum's Rosemary Conley videos when I was younger (child of the 80s!) and I love the way zumba combines aerobics with dance but without ever getting too formal.
Anyway, I am very much looking forward to my third week tomorrow and having renewed my exercise efforts I am turning to the healthy eating area in order to try and get below 180lbs before the end of the month. Various things have crept up on me over the past few months and have derailed me somewhat. Having now got back down to my lowest weight (181.5lbs) I am determined to see the back of the 180s before the end of the month. I know it's doable because it's not actually magic, it's a relatively simple formula to follow. (This reminds me of a saying I hear a lot in another context - it's a simple programme for complicated people. How right they are.)
I have the added incentive of starting to feel my trousers loosening again. Not quite enough to move down a size, but definitely heading that way again which would make me a UK size 16. I haven't been a size 16 in almost a decade! Allegedly Summer is around the corner although it doesn't much look like it today but I have had to start buying some new clothes as the ones from last year are too loose and baggy. Hurrah! Even if my bank balance my disagree with me on that one.
Still, onwards and downwards!
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
One of the things I promised myself at the start of the year was that I'd take a proper fitness class this year. Well a few weeks ago a deal popped up on a voucher site for zumba classes in my area. I'm not studying at the moment so it seemed like the perfect time.
Tonight will be my first class. I am so nervous. I realised today that I haven't done any sort of organised sort or exercise class since school which was a good 10 years ago now! I am sure it will be fine, possibly I will even have Fun and a Good Time.
But for the moment, yes, slightly nervous and hoping I can remember my left from my right!
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Yesterday was a very stressful day. My colleague and I actually ended up walking out of the office for a couple of hours after our boss spoke to us yet again, in a completely unacceptable manner. I'm not proud of my actions exactly but she has been treating me like a doormat for years and it actually felt like a very positive thing for my self-esteem to say, 'No this is not an acceptable way for you to talk to me' and then follow through by removing myself from the situation.
She didn't apologise but did hand us our bonuses in the afternoon which is the closest we'll get to an admission on her part that she was in the wrong. Plus the bonus was good enough that I can save a bit and spend a bit. I'll definitely not be able to use money as an excuse for not signing up to an exercise class next year now!
However, the best bit of all, I didn't binge. I had one quarter of a small cookie which actually tasted pretty delicious and I didn't mind that I only really ate one mouthful. Otherwise, no tub of Haagen Dazs pralines and cream to cheer myself up, no family size bag of Malteasers, no popcorn, nothing. Pretty flippin' close to miraculous for me!
Now I just need to make it through the Christmas lunch tomorrow... Oh joy. Definitely doing a stress-busting kickboxing video tonight!
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