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Friday, August 13, 2010

Since when did Zumba become a high impact class?

Last night I invited my daughter and her family to attend Zumba. She's just started on her fitness journey so I figured Zumba would be a great way to get some mild exercise. We took the class with a different instructor than the one I'm used to, so let me tell you it was a total shock.

This instructor was doing all different routines, none of which I knew AND... it was all high-impact, lots of jumping - it was crazy, it was like Zumba smokin crack.

Totally a disappointment. My regular class is more like line dancing with some higher impact options, but this was so totally wrong for a beginner. I was mad, mad, mad. I told my daughter please don't judge by this class, come and take from my instructor before you decide if this is for you or not.

I was barely able to keep up since I had just done a one-hour turbojam kickboxing class (which totally kicked butt - heck yeah), so I was kinda looking forward to Zumba as an extended cool down.

WOW, what happened to the Salsa, Latin flair in this instructor's class - it was more hip-hop. (and by the way, this instructor is also the hip-hop instructor) Seems to me that she incorporated way to much hip-hop, skipping, jumping, etc. Totally HATED Zumba last night, if that's what you want to call it.

I'm wondering if my Zumba instructor kinda "dummies" it down or if this other chick from last night "hip-hopped) it up. Tell me, what is your Zumba class been like? I really could use some input, since I'm trying to get my daughter on-board with something fun, don't want her to get discouraged from that totally grueling class last night.

Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend, looks like Va Beach is gonna have awesome beach weather the whole weekend, I can't wait to soak up some rays. emoticon

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JLITT62 8/13/2010 4:49PM

    I think high intensity workouts are just the "in" thing in the workout world right now, so probably the instructor was sort of going with the flow.

I've only done Zumba from the DVDs . . . I wouldn't call them beginner classes, really, but they're no Insanity, either.

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CSIENK 8/13/2010 2:40PM

    I'm not going to be very helpful because I've never taken a Zumba class.

There's nothing more frustrating than convincing someone to join you in something you like, expecting it to be the way you described it and then having it turn out so completely different.

I hope your daughter gives it one more try with your regular instructor because I know how much you like it.
Cindy emoticon

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JUNESHOPE 8/13/2010 2:09PM

    I've been in your situation before. I took a low-impact aerobics class at my old gym, that was just plain 'stupid!'.

I doubt if the instructor was a licensed instructor. It was like she was just hopping around, with no thought or reason to it. It's like she was just doing what ever popped in her mind at that very second, to do. It made no sense. People were so confused and it diffinently wasn't low-impact. I wound up walking out..

Some instructors may be really self-centered show-offs, that just want to see if they can work out so hard that no one can keep up with them. It may give their selfesteem a boost or something. I just think it's plain silly.

Stick with your other instructor...she sounds great.


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HOPE2011 8/13/2010 11:22AM

    Sorry about the frustration - that stinks. Hopefully your regular instructor will be back soon! emoticon

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GBSUTPHIN 8/13/2010 9:30AM

    I think Zumba (I've not taken a class yet, so not positive) is going to vary like any other class. You go to one Yoga class and it might be completely different from another depending on the instructor. Hope your daughter likes it better with the regular teacher.
Have a great day!

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BEACHGIRLKIM 8/13/2010 9:07AM

    I've been curious about Zumba... I've never tried it! Where do you take all these classes at?

Thanks for sharing!!!

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UNIONDIVA 8/13/2010 9:00AM

    Wow.. just started looking a Zumba classes, since my boss raves about it.... gonna try it soon but now I wonder if I should just go watch first.....the cost is $6 per class w/o gym membership... they have specials for 10/25 classes that I might consider later....

Hope she tries it again....

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DGIBSON61 8/13/2010 8:58AM

  I thought it was a heckuva workout. I was feeling it when we left. Definitely not a beginner classs. I thought Jessica did a good job trying to keep up. I was really proud of her. I'm just glad I didn't go to the kickboxing class first, I would have died.

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Cracker Barrel DIDN'T Crack Me

Thursday, August 12, 2010

My discipline and will power has been tested and last night's test was passed with flying colors. I'm kinda tooting my own horn here but I also wanted to say that you can do anything if you put your mind to it. So here's the story...

Our family went out to eat at Cracker Barrel last night, and let me just say that the biscuits and cornbread are my total weakness. You can eat them while you are waiting on your meal, this used to be a real problem, since I used to inhale two biscuits or two pieces of cornbread, back in the olden days. Oooh so yummy. Biscuits have approx 135 calories each, and cornbread 277, youch. Perhaps that explains why I put on so much weight in the first place. People don't realize how many calories they are consuming, so I am glad that I have an awareness of calories and I make my family members aware also, they usually don't want to hear it, but I still put my two cents in anyway.

I planned ahead before I went, did my homework on the internet to check nutrition values, etc. I decided I was going to have the grilled chicken tenderloins, mashed potatos and carrots = under 400 calories. I really wanted a piece of cornbread, but calories were way too high, so I had ONE biscuit. Meal came in under 550 calories, not bad for eating out. I even had a smidgeon of hubby's strawberry pie, two bites is plenty to satisfy.

I was determined that my love of Cracker Barrel biscuits and cornbread was not going to CRACK me and guess what - I won that battle. Winning the war on weight loss is fought one battle at a time. emoticon

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LLEWIS6879 8/14/2010 2:07PM

    Isn't that THE BEST feeling!?!

Great job!

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CSIENK 8/13/2010 2:42PM

    emoticon emoticon being prepared ahead of time. It makes all the difference. You rock!
Cindy emoticon

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JUNESHOPE 8/13/2010 2:12PM

    That is huge! Awesome work. You still get to live a normal life and have dinner with your family, out on the town, and still stay on program. That is just great!


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SLCOLMAN 8/13/2010 10:37AM

    Great job!!

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UNIONDIVA 8/12/2010 5:49PM

    Clearly, I have a long way to go.... I would have had the cornbread and figured out how to work off an extra 150 calories (lol)

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TONI33ET 8/12/2010 4:55PM

    That's my weakness too! Good going.


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KLYNN06 8/12/2010 3:21PM

    Good you! Eating out can be so dangerous, but sounds like you did awsome! emoticon

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LOVELY2LOSE 8/12/2010 2:00PM

  That is AWESOME! you go girl!!!

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JLITT62 8/12/2010 12:18PM

    Love it!


I wish every restaurant would have nutritional info -- sometimes you feel like you're walking thru a minefield trying to make decisions!

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MZSLYDE01 8/12/2010 10:49AM

You rock girl. Isn't the internet great - I love it you can plan a night out to eat and look everything up before hand so you are prepared.
That is awesome - What willpower.
Hope you have a great weekend.

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SEEAMANDARUN 8/12/2010 10:00AM

    Nicely done! I, too, have a huge weakness for cornbread (and rolls and muffins and biscuits and... you get the picture). You are my hero!

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DGIBSON61 8/12/2010 9:07AM

  I must learn from the master. Or better yet just stay away from cracker barrel until the force is strong inside of me, lol.

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JONNYJETPROP 8/12/2010 8:02AM

    Good for you, girl! emoticon

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Body Blast

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

emoticonLast night I was still in the half-dead mode, but I dragged myself to Body Sculpting class (it has been renamed to Body Blast).
emoticonI wasn't happy about going because I surely wanted to stay home and veg on the couch. I got myself in the car and talked to myself the whole way there. this is what I said...
"I'm not happy about this"
"I'm going against my will, kicking and screaming"
"I shoulda stayed home"
"This is gonna hurt" and
"I am so unmotivated".
I had a lot of positve talk going on (sarcasm)!!!!

emoticonAnyway to further add to my woes I had to park far, far away - grumble, grumble.

I got to class early and got all my equipment out, emoticon emoticon and just sat on the resistance ball emoticon pouting, my bottom lip hanging on the floor - grumble, grumble.

Instructor gets class started, took me a couple of minutes to get in the groove, and then SHAZAM emoticon the old me was back in action. One hour of mostly torture - buns and abs (my least favorite).

emoticonI left there feeling a lot better, both mentally and physically. I am so glad I somehow talked myself into going.

I proved to myself that despite all my negativity yesterday that I still possess motivation, even though it wasn't "gung-ho happy face" motivation yesterday, I still did it emoticon and glad I did or I would have felt really guilty about not going, further adding to negativity.

So the moral of the story is, when you are feeling negative, do something positive = it will turn you around for the better. emoticon

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MZSLYDE01 8/12/2010 10:51AM

    OK I need to print this post out and put in front of me when I am feeling like that because most of the time I will take the day off for rest. SO IT CAN BE DONE.

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HEALTHY_45 8/11/2010 5:02PM

    emoticon emoticon You are so right. The hardest part is getting to the gym, once you are there getting motivated is easy!

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CSIENK 8/11/2010 10:19AM

    So glad you went even though you didn't want to go. Great blog - thanks for sharing! (Buns and abs are my least favorite too.)
Cindy emoticon

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BEACHGIRLKIM 8/11/2010 10:19AM

    Wahoo! Didn't you tell me that you never regretted exercising? Or something along those lines! Way to go!

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SEEAMANDARUN 8/11/2010 10:11AM

    Isn't it amazing how much our body reacts to the activity. I can feel like crap and so down in the dumps, but get my body going and everything seems to perk up. emoticon

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JLITT62 8/11/2010 9:13AM

    A very good moral!

I never want to go out for a run at 5:30 am, but I sure feel good about it when it's done. And that's why I keep doing it -- until it gets too dark, of course.

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DGIBSON61 8/11/2010 8:39AM

  The force is strong in you old one. lol

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IRISHIVY 8/11/2010 8:18AM

    That is great! I feel the same way, I always feel better after a work out, even when I REALLY do not want to do it. Good for you, and keep up the good work! emoticon

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I have a serious case of the lazy's today, not so much lazy, just plain tired. I didn't get up for my workout this morning, so I'm sure that is why I'm lacking in energy. I am sitting here at a my desk, falling asleep and it's only 8:00 a.m. I just can't keep my eyes open and can't seem to wake up. I just wanna curl up somewhere and sleep. emoticon

The bad thing is I am eating to stay awake this morning, I know it's wrong but, HELPPPPPP, I can't stand to be so sleepy. I have had a bowl of cereal, a 100-calorie pack of muffins and a 100-calorie pack of almonds, within the last hour, out of sheer boredom. I'm not going to overeat today, thank goodness I have nothing in my desk left to snack on or I might be tempted to just keep eating.

It's gonna be a long, long, long, day. It's too hot to go outside for a lunchtime walk, so I'm stuck here, all day, tired, bored and lifeless until I get home this afternoon. At least I have something to look forward to this evening - Body Sculpting Class, yeah, unless I'm too tired from doing nothing but fighting back sleep today.

I am gonna try to get up from my desk more often today and get the ole blood flowing, but ooohhh soooo tired. What's wrong with me today? I am certainly not feeling like myself, I'm never this tired or lazy.

Can anyone relate to this? And can someone come by my office and kidnap/rescue me for the day???? emoticon

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JLITT62 8/10/2010 3:00PM

    I had a whole week like that not long ago . . . well, it happens. Do the best you can, and don't beat yourself up about it.

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THENEWME202 8/10/2010 12:59PM

    I can make you some lemon cake, lol lemon supreme acutally~

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FINEFETTLE 8/10/2010 11:52AM

  Can you chew gum instead of snacks? That sometimes helps me when I'm craving something even though I'm really not hungry.

Is your office in a building with stairs? When I worked full-time I would find excuses to take the stairs (I was on the 4th floor) all the way down to file papers, pick up mail, go to the restroom, etc. and then back up. It really gets your blood pumping and might help to wake you up!

Good luck...we all have crummy days sometimes, but you will make it through!


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SWEETPEA0214 8/10/2010 11:42AM

    I know it's empty calories - but on a day like that I drink a Red Bull. Instantly revitalizes me.

PS - Love the new pic!

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MZSLYDE01 8/10/2010 11:02AM

    FRUIT - It gives you a little uplift. I have been eating it for my mid morning snack for about a month now and it seems to help me out of the blahs.
Maybe you just need to get a good night sleep and will feel better tomorrow.
Or maybe it is just the day - Hope you feel energized soon.

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BEACHGIRLKIM 8/10/2010 10:03AM

    Can you take a quick walk around your building? It might be too muggy out by now ( i haven't been out in a while...)!

I felt like that yesterday, I thought it was from being out all weekend, the humidity got the best of me! I drank a gallon of water yesterday, and today I'm much better!

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GBSUTPHIN 8/10/2010 9:52AM

    I think everyone has those days. Just do the best you can. Move as much as you can and remember that tomorrow is a new day. :)

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SEEAMANDARUN 8/10/2010 9:19AM

    I really think that it's the heat. It was like running through soup this morning. I got home and the news said it was 83 degrees with 77% humidity! emoticon

I am now exhausted. All I kept thinking about was getting to work so I could have my oatmeal and COFFEE. Maybe it's time to go find some caffeine? I can't wait for this stupid heat to break.

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CJDAISY 8/10/2010 9:08AM

    I can totally relate. I only got half my workout in yesterday (the cardio half of course, no strength training). I'm still tired. I've been taking my vitamins and drinking my water. I feel like I have allergies again. I don't think it's a cold. My sleep apnea is at it's worst right now so I know I'm not getting good sleep.

Maybe try something new today- got stairs at work? Did you bring your sneaks?

Seriously thou, this weather sucks. emoticon

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DGIBSON61 8/10/2010 8:45AM

  I guess you just have to do like you told me, suck it up and fight through it. It's all the more rewarding when you have to fight for it.

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ANNIEB0714 8/10/2010 8:32AM

    It sounds like one of those days for you sorry. I would if I lived by you (really).
What I have done in the past is brought some of my bands to work and if I get tired, do "teensy" workout with them like stretching my arms, etc.

Good luck emoticon

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An Outdoor Weekend

Monday, August 09, 2010

Spent the weekend in Western NY with Dad. Went to Elba, NY's Onion festival and fireman's parade on Friday night - great small town fun, enjoyed homemade roast beef and grilled corn.

We hiked a beautiful park on Saturday, Harriet Hollister Spencer Park and visited Hemlock lake. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, a little under 70 degrees. I enjoyed being outside in that kind of weather and hiking with my dad. I couldn't have done it two years ago with all the extra weight, so glad I am more physically fit than ever so I could keep up and actually ENJOY a hike instead of dreading it. I still got up early and ran 3 miles both days.

Visited with my lovely grandma and see the new place she is moving, a senior assisted living facility, very luxurious, I feel better about visiting her new home, was kinda leary, but now I know she will be in a great place with people her own age with fun things to do (she's 88).

Went to my cousin Pam's bakery, she cheffed up a delicious artichoke omelet, prime rib and belgian waffles with fresh strawberries for the whole family, got to see my cousin that I haven't seen in 30+ years. Great to have the whole family together.

Enjoyed a lovely dinner with my Aunt on her farm, toured her beautiful gardens and let the horses in from the pasture.

It was a great outdoor weekend in the country, such a slow pace of life, wish I lived there. Hope everyone has a great week. Stop and take a minute to look at nature this week.

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MZSLYDE01 8/10/2010 10:56AM

    That sounds like a great weekend. Especially the food - YUM
Love it that you went hiking. Isn't it great. I love hiking. Haven't done it with my husband - EVER.
I think it's time.
Glad you had such a nice time with the fam.

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JLITT62 8/9/2010 3:43PM

    Sounds wonderful! Especially that breakfast . . .


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GRACIELA_ELENA 8/9/2010 3:05PM

    Wow, sounds like you had a great time and no one deserves it more. Got to spend the weekend with my sister for a great girls only time and was really nice too. I didnt realize you had made such huge progress is such a short I always say, you are an inspiration!! You definitely inspire me to keep working at improving myself and my habits. Thanks!!!

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DGIBSON61 8/9/2010 2:46PM

  Sounds like a lot of fun. Seems your weekend was better than mine, lol.

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