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.
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.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Last night I was still in the half-dead mode, but I dragged myself to Body Sculpting class (it has been renamed to Body Blast).
I 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)!!!!
Anyway 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, and just sat on the resistance ball 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 the old me was back in action. One hour of mostly torture - buns and abs (my least favorite).
I 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 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.
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.
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????
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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