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!