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Pride Comes Before A Fall

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.

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AVANDREA_ 5/31/2013 8:22PM

    Congrats for getting up and keeping going! Lots would have run out the door with red cheeks... emoticon

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NEWTINK 5/31/2013 3:54PM

    Yea you feel but if it had been me I would have left but you stayed so you are a winner away emoticon

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CECE0330 5/22/2013 11:11AM

    Please! I TEACH zumba and once fell down DURING THE WARMUP. Yeah. Real high intensity there (not). It was mortifying. Then there's the instructor who fell OFF STAGE at an event with 350 people! One minute she was there...the next she was between the stage and wall. Don't worry, it happens!!!! People, students especially, are sooooo worried about getting the moves right themselves, no one will even remember your mishap. emoticon Glad you're OK.

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AMANDAUNBIDDEN 5/22/2013 10:40AM

    I'm glad you are ok! But don't worry about it so much. We all fall down sometimes. I'm sure you are not he first to fall down in that class and will definitely not be the last so I doubt you will be remembered as the girl who fell down. You are doing great! Just laugh it off and get back in there! :)

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RAINBOWCHOC 5/22/2013 3:31AM

glad the damage wasn't too bad. I feel your wounded pride, I go to "body balance" to improve things but still need to hold onto the wall!
keep dancing, it's good for the soul.

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Time Flies!

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!

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    So glad you found an exercise you really enjoy! I've never taken zumba before but it seems like it would be a lot of fun. Keep up the great work!

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RAINBOWCHOC 5/20/2013 11:59AM

    Great stuff.
I remember horrid PE lessons too, good job there are better ways to exercise now.
Hope the studying is coming along to your satisfaction
big hugs

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First Zumba Class Tonight

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!

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40PUDDLEJUMPER 5/12/2013 3:17AM

    Well how did it go? I bet you had fun!!! I have zumba for my Wii but I know that's not the same.

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SIESHU 5/7/2013 3:43PM

    Just enjoy yourself! You'll have a blast. :)

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BARCLE 5/7/2013 3:36PM


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CAROLYNNE242 5/7/2013 3:13PM

    Have fun - you will be fine! emoticon

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ALLIEALLIE2 5/7/2013 3:08PM

    I bet you will emoticon it!! Enjoy!!

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SPECIALK2122 5/7/2013 2:28PM

    have fun...Zumba is great! emoticon

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CYND59 5/7/2013 1:30PM

    You will love it. Do not worry about anything. Just go in with a good attitude and you will do fine. So much fun.

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Springing into Action!

Friday, February 22, 2013

So the first challenge for Springing into Action is to write a little something in your blog which is perfect because Iíd just been thinking how much I enjoy reading other peopleís blogs and how mine has been left languishing since last year.

Iím 28, live in South London and have a job that I hate. Iím also a part-time student with the Open University which is a distance learning programme that means you need to be fairly disciplined about study. Iím currently ploughing my way through Introduction to Bookkeeping and Accounting because I thought it would be useful for work when I signed up but then the work situation changed and it is now not massively useful and Iím finding it ridiculously hard which is slightly annoying.

At the moment I work out by using DVDs or workouts on Sparkpeople or youtube. Thereís a surprisingly good selection on youtube! I really like kickboxing workouts and although I found Chalene Johnson annoying at the start Iíve really warmed to her. I cringed at first when sheíd say ĎThis is going to be the highlight of your dayí but now I find it often is!

I really want to lose the weight before I turn 30 next year. Itís taken me a really long time to feel like Iím getting where I want to be in my life (long story shortened, left Uni at 19 drifted in and out of various unfulfilling jobs thereafter, had issues with depression and alcohol but have been in the same job for almost 4 years and am over 2.5 years sober now) and since starting with Sparkpeople it actually feels like an overlooked piece of the puzzle has fallen into place. Iíve finally started to realise that I am a whole person and that means I have to look after my physical self and health as well as my mental and spiritual sides.

I have next week off so Iím looking forward to catching up with a few friends, getting at least another chapter of my Bookkeeping course out of the way, getting back into my meditation routine and picking up 30 Day Shred. Oh and getting my haircut- you have to treat yourself every now and then!

Oh and finally for the bonus challenge:

Body fat: 46.29%
Lbs/Kgs of Body Fat: 85.64
Lean Body Weight: 99.36

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SUNSHINE99999 2/22/2013 7:48PM

  Good luck with your challenges. Blessings from Oregon, U.S.A.! emoticon

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Stressful work day but with a silver lining

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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MARIANNE9855 3/26/2013 11:56AM

    the world is full of bad bosses but we can't let them get the best of us- what exactly to you do?
I am starting a new job in 3 weeks and have just started to think about what the bosses might be like- you can't always tell from the interview.

good for you not eating though!

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DOLPHINSINGER72 2/19/2013 7:44PM

    Great job in not binging!

I didn't realize the date of this blog was. And then I read Christmas. :P

I hope you had great holidays and that you are doing well for the past few months.


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MAHGRET 12/13/2012 9:07AM

    Good job avoiding the binge!

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NDTEACHER1 12/13/2012 7:52AM

    Sounds like my daughter's situation. Her generally reasonable boss is influenced by his co-owner and mistreats her with regular ease. She said the last time he accused or of losing a lot of money for the company $700. for some type of licensing issue that should be taken care of by lawyers, which they don't have. He and his co-owner spent over $15,000 on a ski trip but he was worried about this money, even threw the F-bomb around. What a jerk.

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STONECOT 12/13/2012 7:46AM

    Perhaps you should use a mental image of that boss to kickbox against! Very therapeutic.

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